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  输卵管造影和通液哪个好?好多女性朋友们,都不清楚,输卵管造影和通液的区别。专家告诉大家,这2种,都是检查输卵管是否通畅的一种方法。但是,在检查上有些区别。输卵管造影想必输卵管通液来说,更为先进,是在可视系统下操作,准确率更高,所以,很多女性朋友们,检查输卵管是否通畅,都是选择输卵管造影来检查,输卵管通液比较传统,给女性带来的痛苦也很大,所以,选择的人群不多。下面由不孕不育专家,把2种检查方法做下比较。

  输卵管造影和通液哪个好?

  首先,输卵管通液,它是利用生理盐水、或美蓝液,从女性宫颈注入宫腔。再从女性宫腔,流入到输卵管,根据推注药液时阻力的大小,还有液体返流情况,可判断女性输卵管,是不是通畅。通过液体的一定压力,使梗阻的输卵管恢复通畅。

  其次,输卵管造影,它是经X线的子宫输卵管造影,通过导管,向女性宫腔、及输卵管里,注入造影剂,利用X线诊断仪行X线透视及摄片,根据造影剂,在输卵管、及盆腔内的显影情况,来清楚了解输卵管是否通畅、阻塞部位及宫腔形态的一种检查方法。

  输卵管造影和通液的区别是什么呢?

  输卵管通液的优点:输卵管通液,操作便利、设备简单、价格低价格低廉,曾应用这种方法。

  输卵管通液的缺点

  1、误诊率很高,可达到50%;

  2、不能准确的反应,女性盆腔病变、与粘连的程度;

  3、不能准确的反应,输卵管梗阻的位置,这对确定输卵管梗阻治疗方法,与疗效来说,没有帮助,易造成输卵管破裂大出血的危险;

  4、若是女性患有妇科类炎症,做输卵管通液,还易造成炎症扩散。由于输卵管通水技术的缺陷太多,其实大多数医院现在已很少使用。

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  输卵管造影的优点

  1、在可视系统下操作,准确率高达98%;

  2、检查安全、且没有副作用;

  3、输卵管造影有一定的治疗作用,该技术不影响女性下个月正常月经,当月即可怀孕,女性朋友健康与安全完全,可得到一定的保障。是检查输卵管疾病的比较常用的方法。

  输卵管造影的缺点:不能准确反应盆腔病变与粘连程度;过敏试验。

  输卵管造影和通液哪个好,输卵管造影和通液的区别有什么,通过不孕不育专家的介绍,我想,女性朋友们,大概情况,也都有所了解了,如果还有疑问,可点击不孕不育在线专家进行咨询。

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In video footage from the concert, Bieber can be seen awkwardly trying up to pull up his pants, which left his black boxer shorts on display, and at one point, he has to hold on to them throughout a dance routine to stop them sliding to the floor. After wrapping up his Believe tour in Florida, the 'Baby' hitmaker will head to Asia, Latin America, New Zealand and Australia in September.Canadian singer Justin Bieber has redone Michael Jackson's Slave to the Rhythm, which has been leaked on the web, reports Huffington Post. It looks like Bieber was supposed to release the song soon as he took to Twitter saying: "Excited for what is to come. MJ set the bar. Not only for music but for being an entertainer and how u treat the fans. Wish he was here..."The Daily further reports, it is still unclear where the song was to originally appear. Released in 2010, the track was not as popular as Jackson's other numbers. Bieber has certainly given a new feel to it. Now, whether it has turned out to be a groovy track or not, take a listen and decide.Here's what Justin Bieber sharedon his Twitter wall:Singer Justin Timberlake haspremiered a new track TKO online.The 32-year-old singer-actor has unveiled the song as the second cut to be lifted from his upcoming album The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2, reported Ace Showbiz.The track has been produced by Timberlake's long-time collaborator Timbaland.Timberlake's new album The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2 will be released on September 30.The collection will feature new collaborations with Jay Z and Drake and serves as the follow-up to the multi-million-selling The 20/20 Experience, which topped charts earlier this year.Singer-actor Justin Timberlakeruled the MTV Video Music Awards here by picking up four honours and delivering the night's show-stopping performance with NSYNC.The pop superstar, who had a much anticipated reunion with former boy band NSYNC on Sunday, took home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Video of the Year for Mirrors, which also claimed Best Editing honours, and his Suit & Tie promo earned the Best Direction prize, reported the Huffington Post.Rapper duo MACklemore and Ryan Lewis were also big winners as they scored Best Hip Hop Video and Best Cinematography trophies for their Can't Hold Us promo and also landed the night's Best Video with a Social Message award for their gay anthem Same Love, which they performed with Mary Lambert and special guest Jennifer Hudson.Lady Gaga kicked off the ceremony at the Barclays Center in typical bizarre fashion, dressed as a futuristic Mother Superior.Other performance highlights included Miley Cyrus, who performed We Can't Stop surrounded by dancing teddy bears, while wearing a fluffy grey bodice. She also sported a new hairstyle.Kanye West, Timberlake, Bruno Mars, MACklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Drake also hit the stage, while Katy Perry closed the 2013 ceremony by performing her new song Roar underneath the Brooklyn Bridge.One thing that might explain the hilarity associated with the overuse of hashtags by twitter users, is this new video released by singer/actor Justin Timberlake and TV show host Jimmy Fallon. In the video, the duo are seen conversing about their daily routines, but manage to fit in hashtags after almost every word. The video released on YouTube on September 24, and in just a matter of four days has already had 63 lakh views. In the video the duo can be seen discussing their daily routines ― such as visiting the dentist, flossing teeth, gearing up for halloween, eating cookies, what colour is the new black and lastly even the acronym LOL (Laugh Out Loud) ― which is recreated in a normal conversation, but loaded with hashtags. Viewers on Youtube seem to have taken a major liking to the video. One of the viewers, Thisfoxxx, said, “I know people who do actually talk like this. #yoloswag”. Another viewer, Muhammad Lafi posted, “There’s NoWayThat’sGonnaFitOn140Charecters”.Joint ventures with Starbucks Coffee and PepsiCo would cement Tata Global Beverages' position in the market place, group chairman Ratan Tata said on Friday. "The joint ventures with Starbucks Coffee and PepsiCo will cement the company's postion in the market and it will no longer be the company it used to be," he said in his last speech as the chairman of the Tata Group in the annual general meeting in Kolkata.Tata Global JV with Starbucks has been named Tata Starbucks Ltd, while that with Pepsico as NourishCo. Tata said Tata Starbucks would open coffee outlets within the country and the PepsiCo JV would launch hydration products based on the health and wellness platform.The company has looked at opportunities in the instant coffee business in Uganda, but the "venture did not work out"."We are still looking at new ones," he replied to shareholders' queries.Tata said the depreciation of the rupee had been beneficial to the company.He also ruled out any plan to acquire tea gardens as the company had ceased to be a plantation company when it was Tata Tea."Today we have grown beyond tea now it is a beverages company," he said.Ace Indian shuttler Jwala Guttaon Wednesdaymoved the Delhi high court challenging the decision of Badminton Association of India (BAI) to recommend a life ban on her for alleged indiscipline in the IBL. The BAI's disciplinary committee recommended a life ban on Gutta for trying to stop some players of her franchise Krrish Delhi Smashers from playing a match against Banga Beats in the Indian Badminton League in August 2013.The petition came before Justice VK Jain who posted it for hearing on Thursday. Gutta has sought quashing of the October 7 order, where BAI had ruled out considering Jwala for selection in any international events in the next one month, pending a decision by the three-member committee that was formed on Monday."The order has been issued in violation of settled principles of natural justice and fairness without giving her a hearing."A direction is to be issued to respondent 1 (sports ministry) to seek an independent report of the incident and to put in place an independent regulatory mechanism to oversee the functioning of decision making process of BAI in the absence of proper procedure," her plea said.Gutta also sought quashing of the life ban recommendation of the BAI disciplinary committee.Gutta alleged that the association's approach was "pre-determined" and has been taken to single out her.She further alleged that BAI's decision will affect her right to live with dignity.A controversy had erupted during the August 25 tie when Delhi Smashers had allegedly threatened to pull out against Banga Beats over the last-minute replacement of injured singles player, Hu Yun of Hong Kong with Denmark's Jan Jorgense.Last week, BAI's disciplinary committee had recommended a life-ban on Gutta, India's leading doubles players who has won a world championship bronze and Commonwealth Games gold medal partnering Ashwini Ponappa.Advertising agency JWT and its public relations affiliate IPAN-Hill & Knowlton will be leading the ruling Congress party’s campaign in the coming round of elections, according to industry sources. The deal involves a Rs. 500-crore contract and its award has not been confirmed officially. This time, in the backdrop of corruption scandals rocking the Congress-led UPA and an aggressive challenge mounted by BJP under the leadership of prime ministerial aspirant Narendra Modi, there are clear indications that there will be more to the campaign than the usual round of chest –thumping. Party sources said JWT will come up with a catchy slogan in the first phase of the campaign and would later make 18 short films, in addition to TV spots and print ads. An e-mail sent to JWT did not elicit any response. Social media campaigns on Twitter and Facebook will be an integral part of the strategy.“Our work will be to steer the brand image of the party promoted by ad campaigns in the right direction,” said an IPAN source.A Congress source said Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) auto-rickshaw campaign against chief minister Sheila Dixit will be confronted diplomatically and Modi’s claims will be mellowed by a spirited response from the party.Out of power in MP for the past 10 years and desperate to wrest power from the ruling BJP in the coming assembly elections, earlier this month, the Congress made a strategic move. It named Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, with his squeaky clean image and popular appeal, the party’s campaign committee chairman in the state. Ever since he undertook the new responsibility, the 42-year-old has been touring from one end of the state to the other, addressing on an average three to four meetings a day, besides holding road shows. Vijay Swaroop caught up with the young leader on the sidelines of one of his road shows for some poll-talk.What is going to be the main thrust of your election campaign?Is there a shortage of issues? There are many things that need to be addressed…corruption, breakdown of law and order, lack of development, very bad social indicators. We need to improve the overall situation in the state.With a youth leader taking charge will the state see more representation of youth?We are all working together to ensure that we bring Congress back in government here and obviously the youth have a very important role to play. We definitely want to give new fresh faces an opportunity.And what about all those young people on the other side? How do you hope to get the votes of the state’s first-time voters, who comprise 18.91% of the total electorate? The issues we are addressing have to do with productivity in agriculture, infrastructure, employment…everything that touches the youth. We are concerned about the restoration of law and order. MP today has a very high crime rate --- close to 10% of all crimes in the country take place here, 14% of rapes and 44% abortions. We need to take these statistics very seriously and work to create a safe and secure environment or else competitive development is impossible. We promise to address all that.Many feel that your nomination as state campaign committee chief came a bit late?I don’t want to talk about the past. At the moment I am tasked with an important initiative and I have the blessings of the seniors. We are working together in unity and cohesion.You have been doing mass contact programmes since February. Any difference since you took over?Such comparisons are a waste of time. My job is to ensure that I contribute to the development and economic growth of Madhya Pradesh. And mass contact programmes are one way of reaching out to people with the party agenda.Born on August 12, 1948, in Siddaramanahundi village of Mysore district, K Siddaramaiah belongs to the Kuruba community, the third largest in Karnataka.According to village tradition, his father dedicated him to Siddarameshwara temple, where he spent two years learning folk art besides alphabets and tables.The first graduate of his village, Siddaramaiah taught law for two years before unsuccessfully contesting for a Mysore Lok Sabha seat. He made his assembly debut from Chamundeshwari on a Lok Dal ticket in 1983.He was deputy chief minister of the state twice, first during Janata Dal rule in 1996 and in 2004 when the Janata Dal (Secular) led by his mentor HD Deve Gowda formed a coalition government with Congress.In 2006, after differences with Deve Gowda, he joined the Congress.India is wary of a request made by Afghanistan to refurbish its Soviet-era MI-35 helicopters and the provision of tankers to refuel the country’s military and civilian aircraft at airports. During the recent visit of Afghanistan’s Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, a verbal request was made by Kabul for both refurbishment of the choppers and the supply of fuel tankers, official sources said. New Delhi, which is not keen on extending itself into the military sphere of cooperation with Afghanistan, is learnt to have asked Kabul to place a concrete proposal before it on these two specific issues. As of last year, India had pledged more than $650 million in assistance to Afghanistan and has been involved in several high-profile projects, including the construction of the Zaranj-Delaram road. New Delhi is also aware that its Border Roads Organisation (BRO) personnel, who are under Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) protection, have come under increasing attack from Taliban-Al Qaeda elements. Soon after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, India had offered military assistance to Afghanistan, but Western nations chose not to accept it on account of Pakistani sensitivities. Now, of course, Western nations see India as a “key player” and there have been informal suggestions from visiting parliamentarians, not Ministers, that New Delhi should “do more” in Afghanistan. At a time when the Taliban and Al Qaeda elements have sharpened their attacks in the country, India does not appear to be keen on entering the domain of providing military assistance to Afghanistan. Since the beginning of this year, at least three Indian nationals working on the Zaranj-Delaram road in southern Afghanistan have been killed. In a rude reminder of the realities of the Afghan scene, another Indian national was abducted on Monday in Heart province. In off-the-record conversations, Indian officials have spoken to this correspondent about the disturbing security trends in Afghanistan and the inability of the NATO-led troops to arrest these developments.A few days ago, HT Café reported that Kajol is set to act in a film that her husband Ajay Devgn will produce. But now we have been informed that both Ajay and Kajol aren’t in a hurry to start the project because they want to take their time and come up with a good product. "Right now, Ajay is busy with Prabhu Dheva’s Action Jackson. And since Kajol is not in a hurry to do the film either, they are taking their own time to put together a quality project," says an industry insider. The film will not start before next year. “Yes, I’m in Ajay’s next film. We have finalised a script. Now, hopefully, it will go on the floors soon,” the actor had told us earlier. When contacted, Kajol confirms the news saying, “Yes, we have locked the script. But we are going to take it slow because we don’t want to get it wrong.” The last time the two worked together in U Me Aur Hum (2008), which Ajay directed too, things didn’t go as well as expected. Kajol was last seen in the Karan Johar-produced dud, We Are Family (2010). In the same year, she also acted with Shah Rukh Khan in My Name Is Khan. Thereafter, she took a long break following the birth of her son, Yug. Now, however, she is set to make a comeback.Veteran BJP leader and Lucknow MP Lalji Tandon on Wednesday said the second phase of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s dream project — Lucknow’s Scientific Convention Centre — would be inaugurated by former deputy Prime Minister LK Advani and former President APJ Abdul Kalam on Friday. He described Atal’s project as the ‘common man’s Taj Mahal.’“The original Taj Mahal at Agra is regarded as a classic example of a king’s love for his beloved. The other view is that by getting the Taj Mahal built at a phenomenal cost for his ladylove, the king mocked at those lovers who couldn’t afford to emulate the king. But Atalji’s dream project can certainly be described as the common man’s Taj Mahal because everyone stands to benefit from it – the rich, the educated and the poor too.” The project costs over Rs. 25 crore. The fund was generated through MP’S local area development fund (MPLAD).Tandon was among the biggest contributors along with other senior leaders like BJP chief Rajnath Singh, veteran Kalraj Mishra, party leader Balbir Punj and scientist Kasturi Rangan among many others.Talking to newspersons at his residence, Tandon said that the scientific convention centre building would be handed over to the King George’s Medical University, who would then ensure its maintenance.“This magnificent building is a classic example of how MPLAD funds can be used for great purposes,” he said. Tandon laughed when asked about reports that he would readily demit his Lucknow Lok Sabha seat for central BJP leaders.“All my life I have worked for the party without bothering about results. I would do whatever I can in the interest of the party,” he said.Actress Kalki Koechlin, who has been part of Bollywood for the past four years, wants to do a Tamil film because she can speak the language, but rues that nobody has approached her so far."I would love to do a Tamil film. I can speak Tamil. I would like to do regional films, which I am comfortable talking. I am quite open to do Tamil films, but sadly nobody has approached me to do a Tamil film," Kalki, the Indian actress of French descent, told IANS.Seen in films like Dev D, Shaitaan, Shanghai and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, the actress says if she had not made it big as an actress, she may have needed a psychiatrist."Right from the young age, I was only interested in acting. If not acting, then I would have needed a psychiatrist," she said.Kalki will be seen next in Ek Thi Daayan. In Kannan Iyer directed film, the 29-year-old has teamed up with Emraan Hashmi, Konkona Sen Sharma, Huma Qureshi among others. The film is slated for an April 18 release.Come April 30, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and actor Kalki Koechlin will celebrate their second wedding anniversary. And like other Bollywood couples, who have to work towards finding time for each other owing to their busy schedules, they too have made the effort to spend their special day together. A source says, “Anurag will soon zoom off to attend the Cannes Film Festival. He is part of the Directors’ Fortnight, a parallel section of the festival. The fest takes place from May 16-26. On the other hand, Kalki has other engagements. So they have decided to wind up their work and spend some quality time together on the big day.” Question Kalki about her plans and she says, “We are disappearing for three days and going where no one can find us.” Ask her what special gift will they exchange, and she replies, “I can’t tell you what we will be gifting each other. It will be a surprise.”The source adds, “They will be in India, but have kept the destination under wraps as they don’t want to be disturbed. It could be Ooty.” This break comes in the wake of recent rumours that their marriage is over. There were reports that Anurag was smitten by Kalki’s Ek Thi Daayan co-star Huma Qureshi, who worked with him in Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). Kalki’s absence from events that Anurag attended further fuelled the rumours even though all three involved claimed that everything was fine. Anurag and Kalki had met on the sets of Dev D (2009) and news of them dating came out around the release of the film. The couple had a simple wedding ceremony amidst family and friends in Ooty in 2011, where Kalki’s mother lives. Being private people, the duo chose not to reveal much about their wedding.The wedding of actress Kalki Koechlin and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap was the inspiration for designer Anushree Reddy's collection at the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2013 that concluded here Tuesday night.Reddy revealed that Kalki's wedding inspired her collection for the carefree bride. "It's really beautiful and I was really touched because she said she was inspired by my own wedding, when she saw such a easy-going bride," the actress said here.Kalki looked beautiful in a lemon yellow and light green lehenga and a golden choli. "It has that feel-good wear, it's really bright and colourful and still very easy to wear, fun. So I really enjoyed the whole collection," she added.Reddy's collection had bridal lehenga cholis but in very light material. The colour scheme included cream and shades of pink and green.Fasting for Navratri, actress Kangana Ranaut asserted that she connects with goddess Durga. And the relationship only deepens through her profession that sees her in a variety of roles.“When you play a role ...being a woman, you have to understand the nine forms (of goddess Durga) and they have to surface out of you,” Kangana said.The 26-year-old actor pointed to her first director (Anurag Basu) being a Bengali. “I have a connection with West Bengal,” and added that she won’t mind featuring in a Bengali film on goddess Durga.We have seen some extremely expensive dresses in Bollywood before. For instance, each of Madhuri Dixit’s attires in Devdas reportedly cost roughly `15 lakhs and Neeta Lulla’s designer costumes donned by Aishwarya Rai and Hrithik Roshan in Jodhaa Akbar were studded with diamonds, kundan and other precious and semi-precious stones. Each of Ash’s costumes cost roughly `2 lakh. And then of course there is Bebo’s dress in Kambakht Ishq that had been bought from Paris for a whopping $8 million. And now, sources tell us that Reza the costume designer of Kangana Ranaut in her upcoming film Rajjo, has designed a blouse for the actor with crystals. Kangana will be seen wearing that blouse in the song, Zulmi Re Zulmi. Being a film that revolves around the life of a Mujrewali, one does expect elaborate costumes with bling, and Rajjo does not disappoint.“Kangana’s first dance performance in the movie demanded something elaborate and I designed this choli keeping in mind her dance moves and the embroidery,” says Reza. However, the itsy-bitsy piece has not come cheap. “The cost of the choli is roughly `2 lakh,” says a source.Kangana Ranaut, Bollywood’s poster-girl for high street fashion, is currently in Milan as she plans to dress-to-kill while promoting her upcoming films, Queen and Krissh 3.The actor is there to shop for outfits for her public appearances since the new Fall Collection will be in stores soon.“While Kangana’s friends and family are urging her to pick outfits from her current collection, she is very keen on reinventing her wardrobe with the latest in Milan fashion. So, she travelled there this month and her friends from LA and London are to join her,” says a source.Kangana confirms, saying: “Yes fashion and styling really excite me since I’m an unconventional dresser. Milan is the most ideal place to shop. I can’t wait to pick up some great stuff.”Looks like Bollywood stars take the idiom ‘clothes maketh the man’ a bit too seriously while preparing to get into character. Shah Rukh Khan’s costumes in RA.One (2011) apparently cost over Rs. 1 crore and in the latest such case, Kangana Ranaut’s all-rubber latex suit comes with a hefty price tag too.We have learnt that Kangana’s custom-made bodysuits have burnt a big hole in the makers’ pockets ― worth a whopping Rs10 lakh per costume. And since, the makers had got around 10 such bodysuits, the total expense came to nearly Rs1 crore.“All the material for Kangana’s suits was imported from the same place (in France) where Angelina Jolie’s latex suit (for Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life; 2003) came from. Rakesh (Roshan; film-maker) didn’t want to leave anything to chance,” says an insider. When contacted, the director says, “I don’t want to get into the cost part, but we sourced the material (for Kangana’s costumes) from Paris. It’s costly, but I hope that the audiences like what I have made.” Gavin Miguel, who created Kangana’s suit for Krrish 3, says, “I studied Lara Croft, Batman and Catwoman. We sourced the fabric from the same place where many Hollywood films get their material.”Kanye West has reportedly put his foot down and banned Kim Kardashian from undergoing any major surgeries like liposuction, it has been revealed.A source told Radar Online that when the Black Skinhead hitmaker came to now about Kardashian's plans to undergo a surgery after giving birth to their daughter North West, he flipped out.Kardashian had reportedly wanted to get a headstart on losing her baby weight.According to the source, West got emotional as he had lost his mother, Donda, due to complications from a cosmetic procedure, and is still traumatized from it.The insider added that the 36-year-old singer is fine with the Keeping Up With The Kardashian getting Botox and fillers, but is against anything that requires getting knocked out.Desh Prem Azad was a man who succeeded in this world of bitter rivalries, cut-throat competition and manipulation, to leave a lasting imprint on all those he groomed and interacted with. He had seen life, as he would often narrate during high-spirited evenings with his friends, in its raw, bare necessities. He was proud of the fact that where many of his ilk had failed, he fought against odds to become a famous coach, a man whom Kapil Dev refers to as his guru, mentor and much more.Chandigarh’s Sector 16 coaching centre, where Azad honed the skills of young, impressionable boys, was the centre of his life, an abode where his writ ran. He was, in the tradition of Indian gurus, a man whose word was law and no one dared defy his instructions. If anyone did, as Kapil discovered one day, the punishment was severe and harsh: no more cricket for them for days together. He was an accomplished batsman himself, having played first class cricket. His wards watched in awe and admiration their coach scoring hundred and double hundreds in club cricket even while he was in his forties. The seventies Chandigarh was a place where boys would be lucky to find a place to play. It all changed when the NIS-trained Azad transformed the government-run Sector 16 coaching centre from a lazy hub into a rigorous, vibrant, disciplined place where you went to sweat it out in training and not to do sundry personal work for the coach. Another famous student of his, Ashok Malhotra, thinks they all owe a debt to the man. That cricket is not a hit in the gully but has to be pursued with discipline and harsh regimentation is something Malhotra realises helped them fulfill their dream of playing for the country. Azad had many detractors, as any successful man would have.He didn’t care, disdainful of all those who pulled him down. Much before Kuku became the Kapil Dev we know, he told the world he was going to give India its first fast bowler. The matting wicket at the coaching centre was replaced by a turf and all efforts were made to make it lively and bouncy to encourage Kapil in seeking his goal. For someone like me, who played at his centre first as a university student and later interacted intimately with him as a rookie cricket reporter, DP Azad’s memory will always be cherished.Here’s some good news for the fans of popular show, Comedy Nights with Kapil. As many are aware that due to a fire which broke out on the sets of the show recently, Kapil and his crew had to shoot on Bigg Boss’ sets. But now a new set has been erected for the show at Mumbai’s Filmcity in Goregaon. In the new set, while Kapil’s house continues to remain the same, the production team has included some new elements. For example, now Kapil’s next-door neighbor Gutthi’s balcony will be visible to audiences. Also, audiences will be able to see the road leading to the Sharma household. Speaking about the homecoming, actor-and-producer Kapil Sharma says, “We have seen many highs and some lows on the show. I would like to thank my fans and audiences for supporting us throughout this journey.” Speaking about the new set, Kapil says, “The overall look and feel of the new set is identical to the set-up that we had previously. We have added some new elements to the house. The entire team is really excited to shot on our own sets once again. Aakhir apne ghar mein rehne ka maza hi kuch aur hai!" The shoot on the new set commenced yesterday.Emraan Hashmi, who is reportedly doing two films with filmmaker Karan Johar, seems to be on a roll. The two are currently involved in discussions on various stories and scripts before they zero in on which project suits them best. “I am in talks with him on lots of stories. I think eventually, when something gets fixed, I will be able to talk about it,” says Emraan. The actor is also doing director Rensil D'Silva’s Ungli, which is being produced by Karan’s Dharma Productions, but he refrains from mentioning it. “I have only signed Karan and Ekta’s joint production. The rest of the talks are in progress,” he says.Emraan is apparently in talks with Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai (2010) director Milan Luthria for one of his next projects, but the duo hasn’t finalised anything yet. “Talks are definitely on with a number of people like him, but I will only be able to speak about it once I sign any film,” says Emraan, who is currently busy promoting Raj Kumar Gupta’s Ghanchakkar. The actor will starting shooting for director Kunal Deshmukh’s film, Shatir.Director Karan Johar will be back with the fourth season of Koffee with Karan on December 1 and has just wrapped up the shooting for the popular show's promo.The director shared on Twitter: "Just finished shooting the Promo for Koffee with Karan #KWK..will be out soon!!the steamy journey begins..Opening Episode..on the 1st of Dec.""People are more interested in the show than my films," KJo said amusingly at a promotional event recently. Well, that's not true Karan we love your films as well!Though the filmmaker hasn't divulged his guest list, as per reports, Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor are among the ones sipping coffee with him in the series.About 3 years back, Karan Johar was reportedly receiving death threats and was being given a 24/7 security cover. And now, once again, the filmmaker has reinstated for the security as the threats resurfaced. The head honcho of Dharma Productions has been receiving these threats for the past one month and hence was given some armed security for protection. However, the case was later transferred to an anti extortion cell of the Mumbai cell brand and it was being said that the threats were from a wanted gangster. And recently, the director-producer appealed for a 24 hour security cover to the Protection and Security Branch of Mumbai. The police have refused to divulge any more details owing to security reasons and confidentiality.Distinguished author and statesman Dr Karan Singh was conferred honorary Doctor of Letters (D Litt) degree by Kathmandu University on Sunday.Singh was presented the degree by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, at the university’s 17th convocation ceremony.The President of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, who was chief guest at the function, is the first foreigner to receive such an honour by Kathmandu University.“Dr Singh is an eminent scholar and we had been planning to invite him here. But it got delayed due to the political problems in Nepal,” said Mahesh Banskota, Dean (School of Arts), Kathmandu University.In his speech, Dr Singh remembered his wife Yasho Raj Laxmi, who belonged to Kathmandu. He mentioned how he got yash (fame), raj (power) and lakshmi (money) after marrying her.In a bid to reach the mass market during the festive season, domestic handset maker Karbonnon Tuesdaylaunched four 2G and 3G-enabled smartphones in the Rs. 5,500-7,500 range."With money-savings being the in-word now, this festive range from Karbonn is aimed to bring in a completely novel vista of gifting for your loved ones," the company said in a statement.The company said it is looking to augment its market share with the mass-market smartphone range in this festive season where volume sales are greater."Today the mass phone market is one of the most significant growth drivers of the industry, and it is this market that we are targeting with our new smartphone range," Karbonn executive director Shashin Devsare said.Karbonn said the mass-reach smartphone range offers the consumers essential mobility solutions like good display screen, better battery life and extendable memory storage at an affordable price.It’s Karva Chauth tomorrow, and a bunch of female actors are set to soak in the festival in style. Kareena Kapoor Khan, the begum of the Pataudi Palace, will fast for the longevity of hubby Saif Ali Khan’s life, and is excited to take part in the rituals. Bebo, who’s been busy promoting her upcoming film, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, has reportedly informed director Punit Malhotra that she’ll work for only 4 hours on October 22. Veteran actor Hema Malini says: “I’ve fasted every year since I married Dharam ji (Dharmendra, actor), Once, I was performing at a Ramlila, and I broke the fast in Sita’s attire!” Actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra, too, says, “I will be shooting as well as fasting on Karva Chauth!”Actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been religiously keeping the fast ever since she tied the knot with Abhishek Bachchan in 2007. She’ll keep the fast with mother-in-law Jaya this year too. However, some Bollywood bahus don’t celebrate the festival. When we asked Vidya Balan about her plan for the day, the actor, who married producer Siddharth Roy Kapur last year, said, “We don’t celebrate Karva Chauth.”Kareena Kapoor Khan will be honoured by Asian Sunday newspaper and Members of Parliament for her contribution to the global entertainment industry, at the launch of the newspaper's London Edition, taking place at House of Commons on 29th October. The actress will be honoured by cross-party politicians, on behalf of the British Government.Asian Sunday and members of Bradford Metropolitan District Council will also be honouring some Bradford-born celebrities Dynamo (AKA Steven Frayne, Dynamo: Magician Impossible) alongside Kimberley Walsh (singer-songwriter, model, television presenter, actress and band member of Girls Aloud) for their respective contributions to the entertainment industry. Also, present at the occasion will be Bradford and London MPs, VIPs, dignitaries and influencers from across the business and media sectors.Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor, who is lovingly called Bebo, has reportedly been approached by an international brand to design a signature denim line under her nickname.A source says that Kareena, who once hogged limelight for becoming a size zero, was approached by the brand as her appearances and presence impressed many."Whenever Kareena gets associated with a fashion or health initiative, it always goes on to be very successful. Apart from that, she is always impeccably dressed and has an international appeal. These are the qualities that the brand is looking for,” said the source in a statement.Kareena, who forayed into the Hindi film industry in 2000 with Refugee, endorses several brands here, and is considered a trend setter of sorts in the industry.Putting an end to all the rumours about Kareena Kapoor Khan playing lead opposite Akshay Kumar in the upcoming Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Shabina Khan film Gabbar, it was recently revealed that she will only be doing a special song in the film.The film which is a Hindi remake of the 2002 Tamil blockbuster Ramanna will have Shraddha Kapoor playing the female lead. Also, the film will be directed by Radhakrishna Jagarlamundi. The film revolves around a group of students lead by a professor who opts for violent means to fight a corrupt system. Gabbar will majorly be shot in different locations in Mumbai and is slated to go on floor on January 5, 2014.Last year, a feud of sorts began after Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s first choice as heroine in Ram-Leela, walked out of the film. Now, however, the issue seems to have been sorted out. We have come to know that Kareena will soon be seen in Bhansali’s next production, Gabbar, starring Akshay Kumar. Telugu film-maker Krish will direct the Hindi version of the 2002 Tamil hit, Ramana. "Kareena has a special appearance. She has given her nod in principle, but the paperwork is yet to be done,” says an industry insider. Since the original film also had two heroines (Simran and Ashima Bhalla), makers were working hard to zero in on the leading ladies for some time now. “Both characters are equally important. They have already finalised Shraddha (Kapoor) for one of the roles. Kareena is a professional and will take up interesting roles regardless of issues,” adds the insider. The problem, incidentally, had cropped up when Kareena opted out of the Ram-Leela and it immediately resulted in reports that Bhansali didn’t want his heroine to be married. The actor was about to tie the knot with Saif Ali Khan at that time. But later, she fumed — in an interview — stating that she walked out of the film due to date issues. “...such stories about me being replaced because I am getting married are floated by PR machineries on an overdrive! So people; just back off and let me focus on my work (sic)!” she had said earlier. Despite repeated attempts, neither Kareena nor Bhansali could be reached for a comment.They last acted together in Agent Vinod (2012), and after that the star couple - Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor- hasn’t teamed up again. But now, talks are rife that they will be seen in Saif’s next home production, Happy Ending, in which Kareena will be making a special appearance. Saif talks about the project in a quick chat from Michigan, US, where he’s currently wrapping up his film. We’ve heard Kareena will be seen in your next film.Actually, a lot of people are making special appearances in our movie (smiles). But is Kareena really part of the film?Well, she might be acting in it. And even if she does, let it be a surprise for people. So what’s the final status on her casting in the movie?One thing is for sure, if Bebo (as Kareena is fondly called) does appear in the film, it would be completely unlike what she has done till date. So, let’s wait and watch.Is it true that there were some problems regarding local junior artistes in Los Angeles?Not really. There were some pricing issues but that has been sorted out now. You have been in the US for a long time now.We completed a long schedule in Los Angeles. And now we are filming sequences in Michigan. And since Raj-DK (directors Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK) know the place well, it has been a great ride to shoot in this part of the US. But isn’t the film’s story set in Los Angeles?Yes, but what matters is the end result. How we manage to show it and what the challenges are should be of no one’s concern. So how much of the film is complete? We have already shot a major portion of the film in around 60 days. But we will be back again in LA later to shoot the rest of the sequences once the current schedule is wrapped up.Novelist and professor Donald Antrim and Pulitzer nominee Karen Russell are among the 24 MacArthur Fellows elected for 2013.Antrim, whose work can be found in The New Yorker, is known for three works of fiction: "Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World," published 1993, "The Hundred Brothers" in 1998, and "The Verificationist" in 2000, the middle of which was recognized by the PEN/Faulkner Award panel.He currently teaches at Columbia University as an Associate Professor.New York resident Russell achieved fame with "Swamplandia!" which drew on her knowledge of home county Florida, and led to her presence on that year's Orange Prize for Fiction longlist and won her a Pulitzer Prize nomination.Her debut novel was "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves," while her latest publication, "Vampires in the Lemon Grove," is a collection of short stories released in February of this year.At 32 years of age, Russell joins Steppenwolf Theatre playwright Tarell McCraney as this year's youngest MacArthur Fellows.The MacArthur Fellows Program, colloquially known as the Genius Grant, awards $625,000 to each recepient over five years, given to US citizens that show "exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future."The Kargil conflict was a "poor test" of India's air warfare capability, a prominent US think-tank has said, warning that with threats of future wars with Pakistan and China persisting, the Indian defence establishment has to prepare accordingly."Despite the happy ending of the Kargil experience for India, the IAF’s fighter pilots were restricted in their operations due to the myriad challenges specific to this campaign. They were thus consigned to do what they could rather than what they might have done if they had more room for maneuvering," said the think-tank in a report released yesterday.The Kargil war, in which India emerged victorious over Pakistan, the 70-page report titled, "Airpower At 18,000: The Indian Air Force in the Kargil War," further brought to light the initial near-total lack of transparency and open communication between the Indian Army's top leaders and the IAF.The report by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said that the covert Pakistani intrusion into Jammu and Kashmir had exposed a gaping hole in India's nationwide real-time intelligence."On a strategic level, the Kargil War vividly demonstrated that a stable bilateral nuclear deterrence relationship can markedly inhibit such regional conflicts in intensity and scale, if not preclude them altogether," it said."In the absence of the nuclear stabilizing factor, those flash points could erupt into open-ended conventional showdowns for the highest stakes. But the Kargil War also demonstrated that nuclear deterrence is not a panacea," the report said.It said the possibility of future conventional wars of major consequence along India's borders with Pakistan and China persists, and the Indian defence establishment must plan and prepare accordingly.Do you know where Karisma Kapoor goes shopping? She loves to pick up things in Goa and when it comes to international destinations, Milan and Paris are her favourite spots to buy things.A mother of two, Karisma, 39, is not brand conscious. “You get funky things in Goa, so I like shopping there. Paris and Milan are also my preferred shopping destinations,” Karisma, who can carry traditional as well as western outfits with elan, told IANS.“I like to dress up everyday, so I think fashion is an everyday process,” added the Raja Hindustani star.If she was liked in the gym wear in Dil To Pagal Hai, the actress wowed everyone when she dressed up in traditional embroidered lehengas and saris in Zubeidaa.After an unsuccessful comeback with, Dangerous Ishq, in 2012, Karisma Kapoor is not ready for another film, but doesn't deny the possibility of signing a project in future."I have not decided anything yet. I have just released my book, and I enjoy doing different things. I like doing new things," the 39-year-old said when asked about her next big screen project."My children are still very small, but you never know, I will definitely do something, but I don't know when," Karisma told reporters at the Globoil India Awards 2013 Saturday.A mother of two, Karisma recently released, My Yummy Mummy Guide, a book that doles out tips to pregnant women and new mothers.Bollywood actress Karisma Kapoor and a mother-of-two, has turned author with her first book, a guide to motherhood filed with post pregnancy tips for women, slated to hit bookstores later this month."My Yummy Mummy Guide: From Getting Pregnant to losing all the weight and beyond" by Karisma, has been published by Penguin under its cover imprint Shobhaa De Books.The same imprint had launched sister Kareena Kapoor's book on style, fashion and glamour in December 2012."It's the ultimate go-to guide for motherhood, loaded with tips and tricks for dealing with everything—from health, fitness, beauty and fashion to caring for a newborn, disciplining your kid, managing work, and dealing with school and nannies," says the publisher.Karisma, also known as Lolo, shares advice ranging from finding the perfect maternity outfits to decorating children's rooms and juggling work life with motherhood to even planning the most stylish kiddie parties.From the first trimester of the baby to the first semester of school, from growing-up issues to teen fads the guidebook promises to be "the most fun-filled best friend any mother could have."The book has chapters titled "How to be glam at 40 weeks", "Finding that perfect nanny", "Managing me time" and "Losing 24 kg in 9 months".Karisma, 39, who has given award-winning performances in films like Zubeidaa, Raja Hindustani, Dil To Pagal Hai and Biwi No 1 has co-authored the book with Madhuri Bannerjee. The actress lives in Mumbai with her two children Samaira and Kiaan.The Centre has decided to provide 'Z plus' security to the family of the late Congress leader Mahendra Karma, who was killed by Maoists in an attack in Chhattisgarh last month. Under Z-plus category, the VIP concerned is covered by at least 20 personnel at any given point of time besides guards at home.The home ministry has asked the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to ensure security to the family by taking the services of two companies (around 200 personnel) of the force present in and around Faraspal village in Dantewada district where Karma's family stays. The personnel would be used for carrying out "sanitisation duties" in the vicinity of their residence and places where they visit.Separately, it has also asked the Chhattisgarh Police to deploy the manpower for the task "immediately" and ensure proximate security to the family members.The local CRPF and state police commanders have also been directed by the home ministry to keep the security needs of the family on their top priority.The family of the slain leader had met home minister Sushilkumar Shinde last week to convey that they continued to receive threats from extremists who asked them to leave their ancestral place, and demanded adequate security.Former Chhattisgarh minister Mahendra Karma was killed along with 26 others when Maoists attacked a convoy of Congress leaders in Bastar on May 25.The outcome of Karnataka assembly elections, which are being held on Sunday, may have big lessons for the BJP and the Congress. There's no discernible wave in favour of any party but the Congress is seen as the natural beneficiary of the BJP's maiden rule, which has left deep disappointment due to severe infighting, corruption and unfulfilled promises.If the Congress makes a clean sweep when the votes are counted on May 8, the BJP can blame only itself for failing to deliver in the last five years of its first government in the south, analysts say. Assembly polls are fought on local issues and a lot depends on image and performance of candidates.The BJP may find that the "your corruption versus my corruption" debate to beat the Congress by focusing on the UPA's failures doesn't work if its own ministers have not lived up to expectations.Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi did attract good attention as a star campaign for the BJP. But his campaign won't move voters to forget local problems and choose their MLAs again if they have not delivered.The Congress, though confident of recapturing power in the state, could have gained more seats if it wasn't for the shoddy manner in which candidates were selected for some constituencies and the resultant rebellion, party officials say.Also, the win for the Congress cannot be easily read as the triumph of its vice-president Rahul Gandhi, analysts say. The Congress can't take much comfort from a situation that is benefitting it because of the BJP's failures rather than its own achievements.Riding on several controversies, the UPA's image was a major talking point.Karnataka has 28 Lok Sabha seats and the most the BJP has won so far is 19 in 2009. An aggressive campaign by Modi and central BJP leaders like Sushma Swaraj could leave the Congress in a tight spot in the next Lok Sabha polls in May 2014.The race for the chief minister’s post in Karnataka on Thursday narrowed down to Union labour minister Mallikarjun Kharge and outgoing Congress legislature party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah with both sides claiming the support of majority of party legislators. While Kharge’s camp claimed support of around 75 newly-elected legislators, Siddaramaiah said all the 120 party MLAs were with him.But 71-year-old Kharge has an edge as he is a prominent Dalit face in the state which has never had a chief minister from the Scheduled Castes. Siddaramaiah, 65, too is a powerful backward caste leader, belonging to the Kuruba or shepherd community, but the ‘outsider’ tag weighs heavily against him. He merged his All India Progressive Janata Dal with the Congress in 2006 after he left the Janata Dal (Secular) of former prime minister HD Deve Gowda. Defence minister AK Antony is said to have played a major role in his induction in the Congress that time.Congress sources said Siddaramaiah is “weakening his case” by threatening a Virbhadra Singh like revolt in Karnataka. However, the situation in the southern state is different.“But there is a striking difference between the two. While Virbhadra was instrumental in Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka victory was a joint effort,” a senior Congress leader said.However, Congress leaders maintained that Siddaramaiah could play spoilsport if denied the post. Siddaramaiah had threatened to resign from the CLP and the opposition party leader’s post in June last year after his close associate CM Ibrahim was denied ticket for the legislative council elections.The CLP is meeting on Friday noon in Bengaluru to take a view on the issue. It is widely expected that the CLP will adopt a one-line resolution, authorising Congress president Sonia Gandhi to announce the chief minister’s name.Among other contenders are Union petroleum minister M Veerappa Moily, state leaders RV Deshapande, DK Shivakumar, Shyamanur Shivashankarappa, TB Jayachandra and HK Patil.Taking its cue from the Karnataka voter who ousted the BJP government over corruption, the Congress high command is understood to have told its chief minister, Siddaramaiah, to keep tainted MLAs at bay. The buzz in party circles is that the emphasis is also on keeping the core group ‘young’ (read below 70) and first-time MLAs out of the cabinet.The party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi are particularly keen on a populist and clean government in the face of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, according to sources. If implemented, the move is sure to ruffle some feathers.Party sources said Karnataka heavyweights, including DK Shivakumar, R Roshan Baig and the Lad cousins (Anil Lad and Santosh Lad) are a worried lot.And they have a reason to be worried. Shivakumar was indicted by the Lokayukta over illegal denotification of land and in cases of illegal granite mining.Baig, who was in former CM SM Krishna’s cabinet, had to resign when his name cropped up in the multi-crore fake stamp paper case. Mining barons of Bellary, the Lads might invite the wrath of opposition leaders in the new assembly.First-timers Priyank Kharge (Mallikarjuna Kharge’s son) and Ajay Kumar Singh (N Dharam Singh’s son), who were hoping to ride piggyback into the council of ministers, may be in for disappointment, too.At 81, Shamanur Shivashankarappa is too old to be considered. Party’s state president G Parameshwara, meanwhile, has prepared a list of names to be included in the Siddaramaiah cabinet.Parameshwara, who is already in Delhi, sources say, is working on ensuring proper representation to various regions and castes while taking into consideration seniority, too.Siddaramaiah is set to join him on Wednesday to finalise the names in consultation with Sonia, Rahul and the Prime Minister. Sources said the first list would name 20 ministers.CM meets ChidambaramUnion finance minister P Chidambaram met Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah in Bengaluru on Tuesday and assured financial assistance to the state for development projects.Later, the CM told media it was a courtesy visit.“I have brought some state-related development issues to the notice of the finance minister,” he said.The Karnakatahigh courton Monday issued an emergent notice to UB group chairman Vijay Mallya to present before it on Tuesday in connection with winding up petitions filed by the creditors, who are trying to get back around Rs. 600 crore from his company. The sitting judge Justice Ram Mohan Reddy asked Mallya to appear in the court and bring along his passport. The court ordered this as Mallya failed to submit the audit report of United Breweries Holding Limited (UBHL) before the court as on May 24. The court had asked to submit the report and deposit Rs. 250 crore in the court custody. Certain companies, including BNP Paribas, which are creditors to UBHL had filed company petitions in the high court seeking winding up of UBHL as the holding company was unable to pay its debts.UBHL, holding company of the UB Group, is contesting in the court the admission of six winding up petitions filed by aircraft lessors and financiers of crisis-hit Kingfisher Airlines last year.The creditors are trying to get back close to Rs. 600 crore and had almost stalled the share sale of UBHL??s holdings in United Spirits to Diageo, global spirits major.However, the court had earlier granted approval to UBHL to go ahead with the share sale provided UBHL submitted Rs. 250 crore as guarantees to it.While UBHL has submitted the same, the court has been hearing the winding up petitions.BJP leaders in Karnataka had come to expect the worst as the campaign for the assembly election wound down early this month. Yet the result shocked them. For, they were expecting a defeat, not a rout. Behind closed doors, they spoke about it as the price of sacking BS Yeddyurappa. That may be the easy way to explain the rout. Five years of BJP rule largely meant corrupt practices, crony capitalism, mis-governance and disconnect with the electorate. The BJP paid the price; voters mandated it to be in the Opposition, it’s strength less than half of what propelled it to power in 2008. The Congress took delight in this mandate. Without a grand strategy to nail the ruling party, without a high-decibel campaign, without offering a clear alternative, it won a clear majority.What delights the grand old party should cause it worry at the national level. For the issues that damaged the BJP in Karnataka are the same that haunt the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.Colour-coded maps of 2008 and 2013 results will show regions dominated by saffron then replaced by green, nowhere is it as stark as in the mining region. The message is clear: the voter will not pardon corruption.The BJP believed that “showing the door to the corrupt Yeddyurappa” meant the party had been “cleansed”. Clearly, the electorate did not buy into this argument. The public disgust with corruption was worsened by mis-governance.Indeed, Yeddyurappa symbolises all of it. At the end of the day, he was able to win only six seats. He damaged the BJP in 36 others. That’s electoral arithmetic. Beyond the arithmetic, this mandate is about anger against corruption.The Tata Group will temporarily increase its sponsorship commitment to Narain Karthikeyan and the HRT F1 team he races for by getting its beverage arm to sponsor them for the Singapore and Indian Grands Prix through its tea brand.Tata Motors is already a sponsor for Karthikeyan and the team and entered into a technical partnership at the beginning of this year."It is great news that Tata Beverages has joined not only Narain's image but also that of the team for two very important Grands Prix such as Singapore and India," said HRT F1 team principal Luis Perez Sala.The move is in line with Indian corporates' involvement in F1 in the run up to and during the Indian GP weekend. Telecom major Airtel is the most visible amongst these, not just through its sponsorship of the race, but through its tie-up with the Mercedes AMG team that features Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg.Big Bazaar, Amul and Hero Motors were also amongst the Indian corporate bigwigs that bought advertising space on various F1 teams for last year's event."The Tata Group has supported me since my early days of competition so it is great to be associated with yet another world-class brand," said Karthikeyan. The company first sponsored Karthikeyan when he raced in the British Formula 3 Championship from 1998 to 2000 and stuck with him during his four years away from F1 before the 2011 season.A top militant of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was killed at a village in Shopian district, 50km south of Srinagar, in a joint operation conducted by Jammu and Kashmir police and security forces. The slain militant has been identified as Abbas Rishi, a local who had joined the LeT ranks.Police said Rishi’s accomplice, identified as Omar, managed to flee.A search operation is still on in Hassanpora village of south Kashmir.“We are trying to neutralise the militant who escaped as we had information regarding presence of two militants. The search operation is on,” said Mohammad Mumtaz, superintendent of police in-charge of Shopian. Police said Rishi was a wanted LeT terrorist active in the area for the past two years.“He was a dreaded militant and was area commander of LeT for Shopian. He was wanted in many cases over the past two years,” said Mumtaz.A police spokesperson said the operation was jointly undertaken by the state police, the army’s 62 Rashtriya Rifles and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), following a tip-off about the presence of two LeT militants at a hideout at Imamsahib in Hassanpora village.A civilian was also injured in the encounter and was rushed to Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital for treatment, said police.His condition is said to be stable.LeT is a banned militant organisation based in Pakistan and dominated by foreign militants. In the recent past, many locals too have joined the terror outfit.Violent protests over the alleged rape and murder of two women in a Kashmir village hit normal life in the valley for the second day on Tuesday as the growing tourist season also suffered in the wake of tensions running high. Strict restrictions were in place in Srinagar even as angry mobs clashed with security forces at several places. At least 12 people were injured in clashes between protestors and police, said Ashok Bhan, director general of police (Criminal Investigation Department). Bhan, however, said there was no major untoward incident in the valley. The police chief said the present situation and frequent violence in the valley had adversely affected the tourist arrivals in Kashmir. "On May 31, we had 3,600 tourist arrivals and today (Tuesday) this has fallen to just 2,700 a day," he said. Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti led a protest demonstration in the heart of the city following which there were rumours that she has been arrested. But the director general of police denied that Mufti was taken into custody. "Mehbooba Mufti took out a procession of around 400 of her supporters from the Sher-e-Kashmir Park in the city and when they reached Maisuma, some miscreants started pelting stones at them. "We then took Mehboobaji and her supporters to safety," he said. "They were escorted to a police station where their vehicles had been parked and were asked to board the vehicles to leave. "Mehbooba and many of her supporters entered the police station and refused to leave claiming they had been taken into custody which is not a fact," Bhan said. Separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani has called for a three-day protest shutdown till Wednesday against the alleged rape and murder of two women - Nilofar Jan 22, and Asiya Jan, 17, in south Kashmir Shopian town Saturday. The bodies of the two victims were recovered from a stream. The state government has ordered a judicial probe into the suspicious deaths of the two women and the probe is to be carried out by a retired judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.Actress Katie Holmes has reportedly joined the cast of movie The Giver.The 34-year-old has joined actress Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites and Jeff Bridges in the movie adaptation of Lois Lowry's 1993 eponymous sci-fi novel, reports The Hollywood Reporter.The Giver is set in a dystopian society which is disturbed when a 12-year-old boy named Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is selected to learn from an elderly man, The Giver (Bridges), about the pain and strife of the real world.Holmes will play the mother of Thwaites' teenage character, who is described as being a strict, law abiding citizen.It is one event which, surprisingly, is virtually going unannounced. Katrina Kaif has completed a decade in the industry but neither have there been any celebratory events nor has there been any brouhaha made around it. Instead, it has been a rather quiet milestone achievement for the heroine with the Midas touch."It was 10 years ago on 19th September 2003 when her debut flick Boom had hit the screens. Though the film was widely panned, Katrina was noticed. The film is a rare flop in her otherwise fantastic repertoire that has seen over 80% success rate, something that no other heroine in last 10 years has managed to achieve," comments an observer. Though Boom is one film which Katrina too would be happy to forget, the fact remains that it was this Kaizad Gustad directed affair that marked her baby step in the industry. Post that, she has taken quite a few huge strides and her 10 year celebrations are all set to speak with Dhoom 3 round the corner. "In these 10 years gone by, she has delivered many superhits and also been recognised as an actress," an industry insider remarks, "Also, she has managed to be as pretty as she has ever been which has allowed her a long stint in the industry. Battling competition from established actresses, peers and newcomers, Katrina has managed to keep her positioning in the top bracket intact. This is all set to sustain with Dhoom 3 followed by Bang Bang."While the industry continues to be gung ho around the lady who has been in news for good and not-so-good reasons lately, Katrina continues to maintain a stoic silence on her one decade milestone. Perhaps she would, once it would be time to do all the talking for Dhoom 3.The usually media-friendly Katrina Kaif suddenly seems to be in no mood to talk. The actor endorses a whole bunch of products, and part of her role is to speak to the media at press interactions that the brands host. However, ever since the paparazzi images of her in a bikini, holidaying with Ranbir Kapoor in Ibiza, hit the press, Katrina, it seems, has been avoiding speaking to any journalist. So, on September 18, at a media event in Delhi organised by a brand that Katrina endorses, it was suddenly announced that no journalists would be allowed. Only photographers and TV camera crew were let inside the venue. Earlier, she snubbed a reporter who approached her at the airport (she was returning from Sri Lanka, where she was reportedly accompanying Ranbir on the sets of Bombay Velvet) for a reaction. The rumours of Katrina turning media-shy only grew stronger when this Friday (October 4), a press conference (this time in Mumbai; for another brand) was called off at the last minute. Katrina?? only reaction to the Ibiza pictures (that appeared in the last week of July) came in the form of an open letter she sent to the media right after. In this, she said that she felt ??most upset, distressed and invaded??, adding that, "I request that all media running these pictures please refrain from doing so. I have a wonderful relationship with the media and have been accessible to the media at all times. There is no reason for this furtive and invasive behavior (sic).?? We tried to reach Katrina for a comment but she remained unavailable. Her spokesperson, too, did not wish to speak about it.A new motion poster of Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Katrina Kaif-starrer Dhoom 3 is out. While the first poster of the much-awaited movie showed Aamir Khan's chiselled body, this one gives us a sneak into all the other characters. Bikes can be seen jumping over cars and bridges in the second motion poster. The four main protagonists - Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra and Katrina Kaif are shown in the teaser. Aamir will be seen in a negative role in the third installment of the franchise while Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra reprise their role as ACP Jai Dixit and Ali respectively. Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, the movie is set to release Dec 20.Katy Perry has revealed that she and Kate Hudson are close friends and enjoy spending game nights together. The 28-year-old star insisted that they joked all the time about having extremely similar names and referred to each other by their surnames over text. According to Us Magazine, the 'Roar' hitmaker claimed that the duo stopped going to clubs together and enjoyed more of meeting for game nights, to play the game, Mafia. Perry called the 28-year-old star super cool and gorgeous.Kanye West was spotted wearing a white T-shirt having a nude Kim Kardashian's picture on it, before kicking off his Yeezus tour in Seattle. The 36-year-old rapper's shirt featured a nude full-body drawing of the 32-year-old television personality, with her dark locks and only a few draped pearl necklaces covering her curves, Us magazine reported. The Blood on the Leaves hitmaker also had his sixth studio album named Yeezus written across her chest in white font. According to a source, Kim had attended the concert and even put a photo on Instagram saying that she couldn't wait for the night.The International Fund for Animal Welfare-Wildlife Trust of India has provided 35 boats to the flood-prone Kaziranga National Park authorities to assist in anti-poaching patrolling. The boats are largely aimed at helping field staff during to maintain vigil during floods. Kaziranga houses more than 70% of the world's one-horned rhinos that fall prey to poachers while seeking higher grounds during floods."Vast areas around the camps inside the forest get flooded every year. The boats will make it easier for us to keep vigil in these areas vulnerable to rhino poaching. We can also monitor any marooned animals," said Ranjit Saikia, a senior forest guard in the park's eastern range. Contrary to common perception, Kaziranga needs river Brahmaputra to swell and inundate its water bodies so that aquatic weeds can be flushed out. These weeds virtually constrict the vegetation and smaller animals."Kaziranga has not received the volume of water it normally does around this time every year," park director NK Vasu said.Occasionally, Kaziranga gets too much water forcing the animals to flee to the hills of Karbi Anglong district on its southern fringes. Last year, more than 500 animals including a few rhinos drowned or were run-over by speeding vehicles on the highway separating the park from the hills. Some ran into poachers in the hills.Kaziranga National Park, home to one-third of the world’s one-horned rhinos is once again facing the danger of floods. Although the world heritage site is not flooded as of now, incessant rain in the last few days has resulted in most of the water bodies overflowing and the animals moving to higher reaches. This displacement makes animals an easy target for poachers. In 2012, a large number of rhinos and other wild animals were hunted down by poachers while on their way to Karbi Hills after crossing national highway-37. “The movement of animals has started,” said Rohit Chaudhary, a local conservationist. Feroze Ahmed of Assam-based NGO Arayanak said as most of the area outside the park was not protected it leads to poaching. “We have not noticed huge movement of animals so far,” he said.According to park director NK Vasu, providing protection to animals outside the park was not under their jurisdiction. “We are coordinating with the police and local authorities to ensure safe access to animals across the national highway,” he told HT, adding the authorities were better prepared to face any eventuality this time.Local wildlife watchers claim there had been some flooding in the northern part of the park in the last few days even though Vasu claims the situation was normal. In the coming days, the situation can change dramatically as the water levels are rising in Dibrugarh town. Currently, the water level there is about 105 meters and Kaziranga gets flooded when the level crosses the 106-metre mark.The authorities ,however, seem to be better prepared than last year when about 573 animals died and thousands got displaced. “There are 150 camps inside the park which have been alerted. Each camp has been provided with a motor boat to rescue the animals,” Vasu said.The upcoming Champions League Twenty20 is all set to be Sachin Tendulkar's last appearance for the Mumbai Indians but chief mentor Anil Kumble feels the emotions related to the veteran's swansong should be kept in check to ensure that the side's performance is not affected."Emotions can't be brought into a game. It won't help players' performance. Emotions would obviously be there, but they have to be kept in check...these emotions have to be kept in check. Every player understands that," Kumble told the team's official website."He (Tendulkar) has been synonymous with Mumbai Indians right from the start of IPL. I have played a lot of cricket with him. It would be ideal for the boys to give him a fitting send-off. He has been a great contributor for Mumbai Indians all those years."Although he couldn't play in the last four-five games in the IPL 2013, but his contribution to the overall cause of the team has always been very important," he added.Kumble lauded Rohit Sharma's captaincy after he led the side to its maiden IPL trophy this year."I think Rohit was the highlight of the IPL. He is a quiet yet confident player. He is not a kind of guy who would say a lot of things. He was given the responsibility of leading the side, and he took that extremely well."He is a committed player, and he understands the T20 game. He opened for India in the Champions Trophy, and did well. He was always an exceptionally talented player. With experience and maturity, he understands his game better now." Kumble also justified leaving out Ricky Ponting from the CL T20 squad."For a player of Ricky's stature, it's tough on him. But with the Champions League rules, we can only travel with a squad of 15 players, and only four foreigners can play in a game," he explained."With the kind of balance we had struck in the second half of the IPL when Ricky sat out, it was tough to find a place for him in the squad. So we informed him about his exclusion, he obviously was disappointed, I am sure. But, that's the nature of the game," he said.Sachin Tendulkar is set for his Twenty20 swansong, he will bid farewell with the Champions League outing with the Mumbai Indians. It is nostalgia time again, as it was when he quit ODIs last year, and called time on his IPL career.Tendulkar, an old school Test cricketer, is the first to admit that T20 is just a gimmick. “When it comes to basics, it’s more important in Test cricket. In T20s, it doesn’t matter… you just need to swing your bat. So I can spot a talent based on those factors,” he said during a function in Bangalore recently. Thus, the “we want to win it for Tendulkar” chorus from teammates seems to be aimed more at getting personal mileage. And knowing Tendulkar, one can rest assured he doesn’t appreciate it.Bishan Singh Bedi, former India captain, agrees. “Nobody can question his greatness. But if youngsters feel they can jump on the Tendulkar bandwagon, and benefit from it, good luck to them.“Somewhere down the road, these youngsters need to realise that they need to start winning for themselves. Sachin shouldn’t be an excuse for winning or wanting to win,” Bedi told Hindustan Times.“All I can tell youngsters is, stop clinging onto Sachin for everything. Carve your own legacy.” There are two theories for this flattery. Some are genuinely in awe of the champion cricketer, and hope to squeeze out whatever they can in terms of reflected glory. The others are yes-men who want to benefit by singing Tendulkar’s paeans.Bedi feels Tendulkar too is sick of this contrived spotlight. “Knowing him, I can say he hates everything that is made out to be about him. He wants to be left alone and treated normally.”The former spin great feels sorry for Arjun. “It’s crazy how much publicity his son is already receiving. It is detrimental for his career. This is why Don Bradman’s son changed his surname.”While his impending exit from Tests will surely be much bigger, Tendulkar’s T20 farewell appears more a prop to sell Champions League to a worldwide audience considering that he wasn’t even a part of the XI that won the IPL final. He was injured.The Supreme court on Friday refused to entertain a PIL urging its intervention in the ongoing debate on the Indo-US nuclear deal. A bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan said it was Parliament’s job to hold a debate on such issues and the country was not lacking in proper advice. It also expressed inability to pass a direction asking the government to place the agreement before Parliament for a discussion. “We cannot give a direction that it be put before Parliament for approval.”The PIL was filed by social activists Anil Chawla and Vipin Dixit who contended the 123 agreement and joint statements would jeopardize India’s sovereignty.India started as favourites but we need to remember that this English side isn’t ranked No 1 in this format for nothing. Their dominance in the first ODI showed that like the Test series, they have set their sights on the ODI trophy.I had mentioned that the team’s success would depend on the way they bat. Cook continued his good form and laid a foundation with Bell. The middle order carried on the good work and in the end Patel and Kieswetter launched an attack.On a placid track, 325 was a good score, considering that India batsmen weren’t in good form. Bowling is England’s strength and they did a commendable job again.However, England do have scope for improvement, especially with the new ball. They bowled both sides of the wicket, resulting in some easy runs. The slower bowlers bowled smartly. With four fielders outside the circle, it becomes tricky as batsmen look to attack more often, but Treadwell and Root used the rule to their advantage by bowling a good line and length.Pujara impressed in the Test series but I haven’t seen him play limited-overs games, but to score a triple ton a day before at the same venue and not being included in the XI reflects that maybe the team has a doubt over his deliverance in this format. With the batsmen not in the best of form, it would be interesting to see if he is picked for this game.The young India bowling attack caused no trouble to the English batsmen. The spinners were easily played, and the pace bowlers went for runs at the end. It’s not easy on these new players to be consistent, especially when you are up against a very good team. The team management needs to be patient with them, especially with Ishant, who is coming after an ankle surgery.The writer is a former England captainPMGArvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is likely to gain against both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party in the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls, an opinion poll conducted by ABP News and Nielsen has said. The opinion poll said that the AAP was likely to bag as many as 18 seats during the elections.The BJP, on the other hand, is likely to emerge as the single largest party, surpassing the Congress in the Assembly polls with around 28 seats and a vote share of around 34 per cent. The poll predicted that the Congress was likely to win 22 seats in the 70-member Assembly. The AAP was likely to gain a vote share of about 15 per cent from the Congress and the BJP, the survey said, with other parties and independent candidates likely to win only two seats in the Delhi polls. The opinion poll said around 32 per cent of people surveyed wanted Arvind Kejriwal as Delhi’s next chief minister, ahead of Vijay Goel and Sheila Dikshit.The scores had improved for Arvind Kejriwal as a leading candidate for the chief minister’s post from 24 per cent in August to 32 per cent in October. Shiela Dikshit’s ratings as a CM had gone up from 22 per cent in August to 27 per cent in October. BJP’s Delhi chief Goel too was wanted by 27 per cent respondents as their next CM.Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday refused to accept security cover for himself by Uttar Pradesh police with party leaders saying it was against their ideology.Upon the direction of home ministry, some officials of the local intelligence unit (LIU) of Ghaziabad police on Wednesday contacted Kejriwal and asked him to opt for the security cover."But he refused saying that when the safety of crores of citizens was at stake, how can a leader think of taking it (security cover)."Also, it is against our party's ideology," party spokesperson and AAP leader Manish Sisodia said.According to Sisodia, Kejriwal received a call from Ghaziabad police who said they had got a letter from Home Ministry citing a threat to his life and asking police to provide security for him at his residence and party office.AAP has pledged that, if elected, none of its MLAs, even if one of them were to become chief minister, would take red beacon cars, bungalows or security cover.Meanwhile, the party on Wednesday issued a list of five probable candidates for the Moti Nagar assembly constituency.The list features the names of Bimla Singh, Raj Kumar, Rajeev Goel, Kuldeep Singh Channa and former trade union leader, Ashok Kumar.Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal, along with party candidates Shakeel Anjum (Matia Mahal), Farhana Anjum (Ballimaran) and Vikram Badhwar (Chandni Chowk), campaigned in the Walled City area on Sunday. As part of the party’s agenda of reaching out to Delhiites through its door-to-door campaign, Kejriwal and the others conducted the ‘padayatra’ and asked people about their problems and discussed possible solutions.Kejriwal was welcomed with loud cheers when they reached the Jama Masjid area. Local residents and shopkeepers gathered to voice their concerns about rising electricity bills and poor water supply in the area. He reiterated the promise of reducing electricity tariff and improving water supply if voted to power. Other problems from the area related to sewage, street lighting and primary education.Narela rally a great success: AAPThousands of AAP supporters gathered to listen to Arvind Kejirwal and his party’s candidate from Narela Baljeet Singh Mann at the Metro Vihar area of Narela in northwest Delhi.Promising to address issues such as high electricity tariff and poor water supply, Kejriwal told the rally on Sunday: “Congress and BJP are in collusion with power distribution companies due to which Delhiites are suffering. Because of this, electricity bills in Delhi are constantly going up.”He promised to end the reign of the water tanker mafia and said AAP will take strict action against the tanker mafia when it comes to power.Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal plans to hold hang outs with his supporters in the US and Canada later this month, seeking contribution from the Indian diaspora to nation building.Kejriwal would hold the hang outs on October 20, a statement issued through Bay Area chapter of AAP, USA said."We see expatriate Indians as an integral part of India. They have plenty to contribute to the country in terms of know-how and expertise in every possible field imaginable," Kejriwal said in the statement."Most importantly, they are eager to give back to their mother land. We will leave no stone unturned when it comes to tapping into this resource," he said."I am looking forward to hosting this special get together at my home with my friends and family. They are keen on hearing Arvind first hand. I am sure this will have a ripple effect as they carry AAP's message to their respective circle of friends," AAP volunteer in US, Mohan Thirumalai, said.We anticipate a significant turnout with thousands of attendees as volunteers reach out to their respective networks, a Chicago-based organization development consultant, Shalini Gupta said.Formally launched in November 2012, the party is contesting its first election the assembly polls in Delhi -- in December 2013.Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday “formally” invited Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for an open debate. Kejriwal said the debate should take place at a public place where people can also participate and directly ask questions. He said though the chief minister had refused his earlier offer for a public debate, he decided to invite her formally this time.In a letter to Dikshit, Kejriwal said, “I am writing you this letter as some of the editors suggested that I should invite you formally... If you find it right, then we should ask Dr Harsh Vardhan to participate on behalf of the BJP.” The invitation came days after she told a TV news channel that she was ready for a debate with the AAP leader if he formally wrote to her. The AAP leader said he had asked her for an open debate on several occasions as he believed that debates should be held among the parties participating in elections, but she had refused. He said if the chief minister was ready for a debate, they can sit and decide on its form.“My only suggestion is that such debate should not be held in a television studio but in a public space such as Ramlila Maidan where citizens of Delhi can come and directly ask questions,” Kejriwal said. “Why is Sheila Dikshit is scared of a debate? BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan, she and I can debate among people,” he added.Dikshit, however, chose not to respond to questions on accepting Kejriwal’s challenge.Model-actress Kelly Brook plans to open a, Great Gatsby, themed nightclub along with Nick House who is responsible for celebrity haunts Mahiki and Whisky Mist.The 33-year-old brunette beauty has promised the Steam and Rye bar will be a glamorous 1940s inspired drinking den in central London, reported Contactmusic."I have always been inspired by the glamour and opulence of 1940s Americana. This is my first venture into hospitality and we've teamed up to deliver something extra-ordinary. There's nothing like it in London," she said. Brooks' new club will offer live music and dancing, cocktails and a tasty menu, when it opens in November.Nick, whose nightspots are a hit with Prince Harry and the royal set, has brought in production designer Jonathan Lee to kit out the 550-capacity venue which was inspired by the glamour of old Hollywood films and the 1925 novel written by American author F Scott Fitzgerald focusing on the opulent lifestyles of characters in the roaring 20s.The Nairobi mall carnage in which several foreigners were killed by Islamist fighters was a "message to Westerners" who supported Kenya, Somalia's Shabab chief said in an audio message on Wednesday.Reclusive rebel supremo Ahmed Abdi Godane said the four-day bloodbath was a warning to Westerners who "backed Kenya's invasion (of Somalia) that has spilled the blood of the Muslims for the interest of their oil companies".Godane, who called the killing of at least 67 people including the execution of children a "historic operation", said the assault on the upmarket Westgate mall was also a threat of "more bloodshed" if Kenya did not withdraw its troops from Somalia. The al-Qaeda linked group he co-founded has already claimed responsibility for the shocking assault on the sprawling complex, but it is the first time Godane, for whom America has offered a $7 million bounty, has issued a public statement."The Kenyan people, you went to a war that is not yours and which is against your interests," he said, in a speech peppered with the traditional verses of Somali martial poetry. Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta announced an end to the 80-hour bloodbath late on Tuesday, with the "immense" loss of 61 civilians and six members of the security forces. Dozens more are reported missing. A plume of black smoke billows over the Westgate Mall, following large explosions and heavy gunfire, in Nairobi. (AP Photo)"You have squandered your peace and prosperity and lost your boys," Godane added."You elected your politicians, you pay the tax to arm the forces of Uhuru that are massacring the Muslims, you supported the decision to go to war."In one of the worst attacks in Kenya's history, the militants marched into the four-storey, part Israeli-owned mall at midday Saturday, spraying shoppers with automatic weapons fire and tossing grenades. "Make your choice: pull your forces out of Muslim lands or face more bloodshed on your soil," Godane added.Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon said Tuesday the Shebab militants behind Nairobi's deadly four-day mall siege must be brought to justice.Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab fighters stormed the upmarket Westgate mall on Saturday, spraying shoppers with automatic weapons fire and tossing grenades, before engaging in fierce gun battles with Kenyan security forces. The attack, one of the worst in Kenya's history, finally ended on Tuesday, leaving at least 61 civilians and six members of the security forces dead. "Those responsible must be held accountable," the premier said during a UN human rights meeting in Geneva. "This tragedy has brought our countries closer." Farah Shirdon said a military solution was "not enough" and calling for greater stability to deter young people from following the path of the Shebab. "Promotion of the rule of law, greater regional cooperation, economic stability and provision of public services are all key factors that complement the military efforts," he said. "It is therefore essential to create educational and economic opportunity for youth." The Islamists said the attack was in retaliation for the presence of Kenyan troops in their country. Kenya invaded southern Somalia to attack Shebab bases two years ago, joining forces with a Somali militia warlord and wresting the key port of Kismayo from the extremists. The troops later joined the 17,700-strong African Union force deployed in Somalia. Shebab spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage on Tuesday warned of further attacks if Kenyan troops did not pull out of Somalia immediately.Kenyan troops and rescue workers scoured the wreckage of a Nairobi shopping mall on Wednesday for bodies and booby-trapped explosives after a four-day siege by Islamist gunmen left 67 dead and dozens more missing.Rescuers wore face masks and some soldiers wrapped scarves around their mouths because of an overpowering stench inside the Westgate centre, once the capital’s most upmarket mall. A large part of the complex has collapsed after heavy explosions and a fierce fire.Across Kenya, flags flew at half mast at the start of three days of official mourning.Somalia’s Al-Shebab rebels claimed on Twitter that 137 hostages they had seized all died, figures impossible to verify and higher than the number of people officially registered as missing. The Al-Qaeda-linked group also accused Kenyan troops of using “chemical agents” and explosives to end the stand-off.President Uhuru Kenyatta announced an end to the 80-hour bloodbath late Tuesday, with the “immense” loss of 61 civilians and six members of the security forces.Police said the death toll was provisional, with the Kenyan Red Cross reporting 71 people listed as missing.Top forensic experts and investigators from Israel, the US and Britain are supporting Kenyan teams, officials said, with many questions remaining over the identity of the attackers, the possible presence of a British woman and American jihadists, and how the cell got such large quantities of weapons and ammunition into the complex.An AFP reporter outside the bullet-riddled mall saw teams of sniffer dogs, which will check for explosives and victims buried under the rubble of a collapsed part of the building.Kenya's interior minister said on Wednesday that only an "insignificant" number of bodies were thought to remain in the wreckage of Nairobi's Westgate mall.Countries including Britain, the United States, Israel, Germany and Canada are assisting the probe into the four-day siege by Islamist gunmen, which left 67 dead and dozens more missing, Joseph Ole Lenku told reporters."We strongly believe... that there are insignificant numbers of bodies still holed up," the minister said, playing down fears that the bodies of 71 people listed as missing by the Red Cross may still be inside.President Uhuru Kenyatta announced an end to the 80-hour bloodbath late on Tuesday, with the "immense" loss of 61 civilians and six members of the security forces. Police said the death toll was provisional."It is an elaborate process. Among the things that are going on now are fingerprinting, DNA identification (and) ballistic examinations," Lenku said of the probe, adding that the evidence collection would take at least a week."We expect the exercise of the forensic audit will take not less than seven days, but for the exact results coming out of that, we leave for the experts to determine."He also said he could not comment on media reports that the attackers had rented a shop inside the mall before the attack."We are getting a lot of information, and suggestions and input from people of good will, also from rumourmongers," he said. "As for whether they had a shop in the mall, it is something that we cannot categorically give you a position on."Scores more bodies are believed to be buried under rubble in Kenya’s Westgate shopping mall as gruesome details continued to emerge on Wednesday from the aftermath of the four-day terrorist siege.As one morgue in Nairobi said it was preparing for up to 160 new corpses, an intelligence source told the Guardian there was evidence that the number of bodies buried under rubble could be in the hundreds, adding that at least one attacker was still engaged in conflict with security forces inside the mall, five days after the shopping centre was stormed on a busy Saturday morning. One attacker is still alive,” said the source, who is involved in the rescue operation inside Westgate, and who asked not to be named, adding: “There were 200 workers in Nakumatt (supermarket) and 800 people shopping. The walls of Nakumatt collapsed. There are a lot of bodies inside.”Interpol warrant against ‘white widow’Interpol issued a global arrest warrant for British terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite, dubbed the ‘White Widow’, at Kenya’s request. Lewthwaite, 29, is the wife of one of the four suicide bombers, Jermaine Lindsay, involved in the terror attacks in London in July 2005 in which 52 people were killed.Al Shabab attacksAl Shabab attacked a security post near the Somali border Thursday and killed two police officers, while promising the violence would continue until Kenyan troops were withdrawn from Somalia. Ahmed Godane Shaykh Mukhtar Abu Zubayr, group’s leader, warned Kenya there was no way they could “withstand a war of attrition.”Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Sunday a nephew and his fiancee were among the68 people confirmed killed in an ongoing siege in an upmarket shopping mall by Somali militants."I feel the pain of every life we have lost, and share your grief at our nation's loss," Kenyatta said, calling his killed relatives "young, lovely people I personally knew and loved."Somalia's Al Qaeda-inspired Shebab rebels have said the carnage at the shopping complex was in retaliation for Kenya's military intervention in Somalia, where African Union troops are battling the Islamists."They shall not get away with their despicable and beastly acts," Kenyatta said in an emotional speech to the nation."We will punish the masterminds swiftly and indeed very painfully."More than 1,000 people have been rescued from the mall, but between 10 to 15 attackers - reportedly including both men and women - remain in the building "as well as many unarmed, badly shaken, innocent civilians", Kenyatta added.Astronomers have found two planets smaller than Neptune orbiting Sun-like stars 3,000 light-years from Earth, in the star cluster NGC 6811.The discovery shows that planets can develop even in crowded clusters jam-packed with stars.“Old clusters represent a stellar environment much different than the birthplace of the Sun and other planet-hosting field stars,” lead author Soren Meibom of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) said.“And we thought maybe planets couldn’t easily form and survive in the stressful environments of dense clusters, in part because for a long time we couldn’t find them,” Meibom said.The two new alien worlds appeared in data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft.Kepler hunts for planets that transit, or cross in front of, their host stars.During a transit, the star dims by an amount that depends on the size of the planet, allowing the size to be determined.Kepler-66b and Kepler-67b are both less than three times the size of Earth, or about three-fourths the size of Neptune (mini-Neptunes).Kepler-66b and -67b are the smallest planets to be found in a star cluster, and the first cluster planets seen to transit their host stars, which enables the measurement of their sizes. The findings are published in the journal Nature.A one-and-half-year toddler was on Friday admitted to the ICU of a hospital in Kochi with injuries after being beaten up, police said.The baby girl's grandfather has been arrested in this connection, police said.Neighbours had brought the baby girl to the private hospital and doctors on examining her found that she had marks of being beaten up. There was swelling in some parts and bruise marks all over her frail body.The mother of the child is employed abroad, while the father is working in Kottarakara in Pathnamthitta district.The baby girl and her elder brother are staying with their grandparents, police said. The child's grandmot her told police that the baby was injured after she fell down while playing.Last year, the nation was horrified when a two-year-old baby girl was brought to AIIMS trauma centre with severe head injuries, broken arms, bite and burn marks.She succumbed after two months. The toddler had been abandoned by her parents and found herself in the hands of a 14-year-old girl who was a victim of child abuse and prostitution.The vigilance and anti-corruption bureau in Kerala has sought the government’s permission to prosecute an upper-division clerk who owns eight educational institutions, including an engineering college. According to the vigilance bureau, the clerk, who is with the state technical education department and a resident of Thiruvananthapuram, is involved in running educational institutions including Travancore Engineering College and Mother India International Public School in Attingal on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram.The Kerala high court on Wednesday dismissed a plea filed by the victim in the Suryanelli sex scandal case, seeking a further probe against Rajya Sabha deputy chairman PJ Kurien. The high court pointed out that even the apex court had cleared Kurien and there's no reason to intervene.The victim in her plea demanded a further investigation in the case after Dharmarajan, the only accused in the case who was on the run after securing bail, was caught by police a few months back in Karnataka. Dharmarajan, ahead of his arrest, told a TV channel about the involvement of Kurien in the case, but later testified in the court that he was in an inebriated state at the time of his appearance on television.He thus gave a clean chit to Kurien and consequently Kurien's name never appeared in the list of accused.In the late 1990s, a special court found more than 42 people guilty, and the victim then filed a private complaint against Kurien in a court in Idukki district, pointing out that he had exploited her at a guest house in Idukki district.The sex scandal took place at Suryanelli in Idukki district January 1996, when the then 16-year-old was threatened, abducted and abused by a bus conductor and was later confined and sexually assaulted for 45 days by 42 men.The case was back in the spotlight after the apex court ordered a retrial in the case Jan 31 this year, while setting aside the acquittal in 2005 by the Kerala High Court of all but one of the 35 accused convicted by a special court.All the accused have since been granted bail and are waiting for the case to come up for re-trial.From a sweltering kitchen to a recording room ― it has been an incredible journey for a poor homemaker from Kerala.Thirty-two-year-old Chandralekha’s YouTube video that features her singing a melancholic Malayalam film song while cradling her baby in her arms has gone viral, with 700,000 hits in a month, and has Malayalam and Tamil music directors lining up on her doorstep. Chandralekha has now done playback for a song for which the first choice was National Award winning singer Shreya Ghoshal. Music composer David Shon changed his mind about using Ghoshal when he watched Chandralekha’s viral video.It is perhaps no wonder that the song is a big hit.For Chandralekha the biggest high, however, was getting a call from her idol KS Chitra, who told her that she had hummed the old melody, Rajahamsame better than her in the YouTube video.Chandralekha has no formal training in singing or classical music. A music buff since childhood, she won many prizes in school and college competitions. The youngest child of a farm labourer, she couldn’t continue her studies after graduation and married a junior clerk in LIC. Her husband’s family, however, encouraged her to sing.Interestingly, the three-minute video was shot by her cousin brother and posted on YouTube last year. However, it started creating ripples only last month when someone posted the link on Facebook with her contact number and other details. Within two weeks it was ‘liked’ by 350,000 viewers. Ironically Chandralekha doesn’t have a Facebook or even an email account.“My dream has come true,” she said. “I never expected that a singing career awaited me. I am flooded with calls now. Besides leading singers, many including (Kerala) chief minister Oommen Chandy called to congratulate me.”She is now busy trying to get a passport to participate in a ‘musical nite’ in the Middle East slated for next week.Tamil actor and producer Thiagarajan met her in Kochi recently and promised her a couple of songs in his upcoming film for which the music would be composed either by Ilayaraja or AR Rahman.“Her voice is golden and has got enough depth,” music director Mohan Sithara, who has decided to give her a chance in his next film, said. “Without formal training if she can sing like this, she will go a long way.”General aptitude test for PhD/MSc (engineering)Eligibility: Candidates who have secured not less than 55% marks in masters are eligible to apply for the test. Candidates who have appeared for master’s degree examination and whose result is still awaited may also apply for the test. However, such candidates will be considered eligible for admission to research leading to PhD degree provided they pass the master’s degree examination with at least 55% marks and have been declared qualified in the test. Bachelor’s degree holders in engineering with not less than 55% marks are also eligibleHow to apply: For more details and online application form, visit Last date to apply: August 31, 2013Mystery surrounding the 15-day long gun battle in Shala Bhato in Jammu and Kashmir’s Keran sector is only deepening with reports now emerging that not only were dead bodies of the infiltrators not found, but the Indian army has not recovered a single weapon from the encounter site. Lt Gen Gurmit Singh, Corps Commander, 15 Corps ― under whose operational area Keran falls ― confirmed to HT that their prolonged searches for over six days have failed to bear results. “Eight search teams comprising 150 soldiers conducted searches over six days but it appears that they (the terrorists) were able to take bodies and material back,’’ he said in his first interview after the operation was called off on Oct 8. Search parties including specialised forces and sniffer dogs were pressed into service along 3 km of frontage along the LoC. Singh admitted he was under considerable pressure to produce the bodies he said had been sighted by his troops. He had made this assertion in a press conference in Srinagar on Oct 2. The question is where did the weapons and the bodies go. Singh says the arms haul made in the adjoining areas of Gujjardur and Fateh Gali was probably taken from the Shala Bhato area. As for bodies, he says, “In principle, I don’t like to claim bodies until I have them in my hand but my troops have confirmed they had seen dead bodies of the terrorists,’’ Singh said, adding, “I even asked them if they had taken photographs and they said, ‘Sir, there was heavy firing, how could we take pictures?’’It is evident that the battle entered into its 15th day, before it was finally called off, only because of the desperate search for weapons and bodies. Lt. Singh confirmed that the last exchange of fire between his troops and the infiltrators took place on the afternoon of Oct 2. Between Oct 3 and 9, the search teams scoured the dense jungles and ravines looking for fresh graves and areas that had been recently dug up but found nothing.He said at least 30 to 40 armed terrorists opened heavy fire on Indian posts in Shala Bhato on the precise day the 3/3 Gurkha Regiment took charge on September 24. What is worrying is that the Pakistani army had exact information of the date on which a new army unit had taken charge in the Keran sector. Equally worrying is the fact that the terrorists managed to come into Indian territory, hold the Indian army down for at least eight, if not 15 days, and then leave without a trace.US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad could take "credit" for quickly starting the process of destroying his regime's chemical weapons arsenal and thanked Russia for its help."The process has begun in record time and we are appreciative for the Russian cooperation and obviously for the Syrian compliance," he told reporters alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after talks in Indonesia."I think it's extremely significant that yesterday, Sunday, within a week of the (UN) resolution being passed, some chemical weapons were being destroyed," Kerry said. "I think it's a credit to the Assad regime, frankly. It's a good beginning and we welcome a good beginning."Experts destroyed missile warheads, aerial bombs and chemical mixing equipment Sunday on the first day of the campaign to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, the UN said, after an alleged attack on civilians by pro-Assad forces brought the threat of US-led intervention.The operation, performed by Syrian personnel under the supervision of international disarmament experts, took place under the terms of a UN Security Council resolution that will see Damascus relinquish the banned arms.Russia pushed the UN disarmament drive as an alternative to US-led strikes on Syria, whose civil war had expected to feature in bilateral talks between presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin on the margins of a regional summit in Indonesia. But Obama scrapped trips to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bali and the subsequent East Asia summit in Brunei because of the federal budget crisis gripping the United States, sending Kerry in his stead.There is nothing unusual about being cautioned by a match referee but what sets apart maverick England star Kevin Pietersen's case is that it happened inside the toilet of the airport here!Pietersen was informally cautioned by match referee Andy Pycroft for showing dissent against an umpire's decision after he stayed glued to the crease for quite a few seconds following his dismissal, which looked dubious in replays, during the lost third one-dayer against India last Saturday."Kevin and I were spoken to in the gents. So that was a very nice scene, my first meeting with a match referee!" coach Ashley Giles said."We've got to be careful with reactions to decisions and Andy was right to speak to Kev. But I think common sense prevailed. It was just a little word."Pietersen was adjudged caught behind by umpire S Ravi off Ishant Sharma for 17.Giles felt the match referee did the right thing and players have to be cautious."Andy was right to speak to Kev," Giles admitted."But I think common sense prevailed. I didn't think it was a reaction, more disappointment from Kev."But we've got to be careful with reactions to decisions. It's tough for the umpires here, it's so loud that decision making is tough. We understand that."Caught in a dilemma of an economic slowdown and persisting high inflation, anxious policy makers will hope this week for real clues whether talk of an industrial rebound are real or imagined, and whether there is scope to ease interest rates. Three sets of data are expected over the next eight days—on factory output, retail price inflation and the benchmark wholesale inflation. While factory data will diagnose the urgency of the slowdown, a positive sign on inflation may offer signals for its cure.High inflation, a falling currency and poor economic growth have hit the UPA government at the worst possible time — key state elections are less than two months away, and national polls less than a year distant. Factory output data for August will be released on Friday. Inflation data (both retail and wholesale) for September are to be released on October 14.Skyrocketing onion and vegetable prices and costlier staples such as rice pushed India’s wholesale inflation to 6.10% in August. Food prices grew at 18.18% in August compared to 11.91% in July.Retail price mirrored similar trends with shop-end prices of vegetables and cereals soaring by 26.28% and 13.65% respectively in July. Retail inflation was 9.52% in August, marginally lower than 9.64% in July.Experts cautioned that vegetable prices are a worry.“For inflation to fall off, we would need fruits and vegetables prices to fall, which are not as affected by monsoons,” Credit Suisse said in a recent report.The index of industrial production, which measures factory output, grew 2.6% in July, expanding for the first time in three months triggering hopes of an industrial turnaround.Analysts had cautioned that it may too early to see a sustained rebound, as heightened inflation risks will likely prompt the Reserve Bank of India to keep interest rates high.“The build-up in underlying inflation pressures suggests that the RBI has to keep its inflation guards up,” said Leif Eskesen, chief economist for India and ASEAN at HSBC.Lieutenant governor Tejendra Khanna suspended two assistant commissioners of Delhi police and also issued show-cause notices to two deputy commissioners for showing laxity in their job, which probably led to the incident. “Prima facie we found that the PCR and traffic police didn’t do their job with responsibility,” Khanna told reporters. “We have placed ACP traffic of that area Mohan Dabas and ACP of PCR Yadram on immediate suspension. We have also called explanation from their supervisory officers: DCP traffic Prem Nath and DCP (PCR) Satbir Katara,” Khanna said. “Complacency among the ground level staff cannot be tolerated. It was a big mistake,” he said. He said transport department has also been told to include the photo identity in the public service badge issued to the drivers.“Such demonstrations were necessary to bring government’s attention. In future, police would work with restrictions in such cases and with minimum force,” he said about the protests.In the dock for taking on the government on its various decisions, Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka on Tuesday resorted to cricket analogy. “I am a batsman in a match where umpire is totally biased,” he wrote in a protest letter to state chief secretary PK Chaudhery.The Haryana government is in the process of serving Khemka a second charge sheet for alleged irregularities in wheat seeds sale during his tenure as the managing director of Haryana Seed Development Corporation from October 15, 2012 to April 4, 2013. “I have been humiliated publicly for doing my job,” added the 11-page letter sent on Monday.Khemka alleged that he was being hounded for exposing principal secretary SS Dhillon’s role in granting a commercial colony licence to Sky Light Hospitality, owned by Robert Vadra. Khemka said Dhillon, who had approved the latest charge sheet against him, could not “be expected to be fair in dealing with my case”.“It will be the first time in the state that an IAS officer of 23-year seniority will be put to charge sheet without proper examination of the issues on your file,” Khemka wrote to Chaudhery.Khemka held that Roshan Lal, principal secretary (agriculture), who recommended action against him, was peeved at his filing a CBI complaint against irregularities in the HSDC.External affairs minister Salman Khurshid arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday to hold talks with the top Sri Lankan leadership on a host of issues, including that of Indian fishermen languishing in jails and devolution of powers to the provinces.The external affairs minister was received by minister of social services Felix Perera and Indian high commissioner in Colombo, Y K Sinha, at the Bandaranaike International Airport.Khurshid's two-day visit is his first to Sri Lanka as the External Affairs Minister and comes at a critical time following the historic Northern Provincial elections last month in which the country's main Tamil party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) triumphed.Apart from holding talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart G L Peiris, Khurshid will call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa and meet other senior leaders.He will visit Jaffna tomorrow and is expected to meet top leaders there, including chief minister-elect of the Northern Province C V Wigneswaran, who will be sworn in here by President Rajapaksa later on Monday.Expeditious implementation of the 13th amendment on devolution of powers to the provinces, Indian fishermen languishing in Sri Lankan jails, implementation of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and cooperation in commerce are some of the main issues which are expected to be highlighted by the minister during his meetings.The issue of Sri Lankan forces arresting scores of Indian fishermen has become contentious with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also raising it with the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister when he called on him here to invite him for Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo in November.Last week, a Sri Lankan court had ordered the release of 35 Indian fishermen but did not pass a direction on five seized boats.Also, 20 fishermen were arrested last week by Lankan Navy in the Palk Strait.Another issue that is expected to be discussed during the talks is India's continuous demand of full implementation of the 13th amendment, a byproduct of the 1987 Indo-Lanka Accord.Before last weekend's JK Racing Asia Series (JKRAS) round at Silverstone, Akhil Khushlani had not been behind the wheel of a racing car for almost a year.His last competitive outing had been at the JKRAS round that ran as a support event for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix. And even that was something that he did on his own."I invested my own money for the Delhi race last year," Khushlani told HT."This time around JK Tyre has said that they would help me out for both the Delhi rounds."Finishing second after starting sixth in the second race of the weekend and setting the fastest lap of the race probably had something to do with it."His talent was never in question," said JK Tyre's motorsport boss Sanjay Sharma."After the way he staged his comeback after a year of not racing, there is no doubt in my mind about his ability to deliver.More important than the result itself, Sharma cited the opposition Khushlani was up against as a reason for backing him for the remaining two rounds at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC). "Had the drivers who finished second and third in last year's championship not been present then the result may not have counted for much," said Sharma."But the fact that he did this against stiff competition makes the result impressive. I only pray that he can repeat this form in front of his countrymen!"While the JKRAS has been confirmed as a support race for the Indian GP, there was some speculation that the second round to be held in India might be cancelled due to the rumored cancellation of the FIA GT1 season finale scheduled for December 1."We will still race in December," said Sharma."As will the Polo-R Cup, the MRF single seat series and other national series. It's up to the BIC owners to get whatever racing series they feel will spice up the show."Khushlani too has his sights set on just the last two rounds of the series for now and will give thought to what the future holds at the end of the racing season."I would of course love to race in a European-based series but that will stretch my budget quite a bit," said Khushlani."I might try for an Asian-based Formula 3 series but I won't know what sort of budget I will be able to put together until November or December."The Khushwant Singh Lit Fest saw a mix of women from different fields and walks of life. In a conversation with journalist, columnist and author Madhu Jain, one initiates the conversation by quizzing her is about the women factor and their presence at the fest. About which she says, “Women read more and are interested in literary writings than men. The questions asked here were also very interesting. I think Chandigarh is even an active hub.” Jain who studied at Connecticut College in the United States, Masters in literature from Delhi University and French literature from Sorbonne in Paris. She started her career as a reporter for the Statesman. She was also the New Delhi correspondent with the French national daily, La Croix, for a decade before she joined India Today in 1986 to 2000. Since then she has written for several publications, including Outlook and the Hindu, on contemporary life, art and cinema. Jain who is the author of ‘The Kapoors: The First Family of Indian Cinema is currently the editor of IQ, a quarterly magazine. If Manju has to describe IQ in few words, she says IQ is about ‘life’. “There are many people who want to write. Writers are usually looking for the right space. Also on TV everything is so fragmented. Even readers searches for good stuff. I think, it’s a great time for features also. Everyone is so curious to know everything. The credit for which undoubtedly goes to social networking sites. People write, recommend and suggest. This gives rise to hunger for knowing more.”Talking about the readers of IQ which are mostly youngsters, she says, “I don’t know why the youth is taken for granted. Why are they considered the most non-serious people? Tell me which generation didn’t say things about their youth. Whereas I feel more comfortable talking to young people, as I believe I’m more confident with them in many situations.” She has curated two art exhibitions—Kitsch Kitsch Hota Hai on kitsch and contemporary imagination and the other on the painter Viswanadhan.The joy proved to be shortlived. The triumph of our sportspersons in the Olympics has been negated by the dismal state of affairs in India’s sports officialdom. As always, factionalism and politics have brought Indian sport to its knees. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is riddled by factions as are national sports federations. The promotion and nurturing of talent seems to the last thing on the minds of those who control various sports bodies. Administrators in the name of promoting sport only want to cling on to power. Now thanks to these shenanigans, Indian boxers have been knocked out of international events because the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation, which had been suspended last year by the International Amateur Boxing Federation for possible manipulations in elections, hasn’t cleaned up its act. This is unfair to the sportspersons who have done India proud in the ring. And rather than help them achieve greater glory, they have been made victims of squabbles within the organisation. No date has been announced for re-elections so far. The IOA has been suspended by the International Olympic Committee for violating its charter. This should have been a period in which Indian sportspersons should have been honing their skills in the international arena instead of becoming outcasts. Sinecures in sports bodies are given as grace and favour, rarely on the basis of ability. Key members of sports organisations should be former sportspersons and there should be minimal involvement of politicians. Some bodies have been presided over by the same people for decades with no new ideas or inputs in a highly competitive arena. The creditable showing by our sportspersons in the Olym-pics should have served to encourage new talent. But, given this appalling state of affairs, it would seem a risky proposition to invest the time and energy that go into competitive sports. Whether it’s archery or tennis, we just don’t seem to be able to get it right. In all this, it is the athletes who are facing a serious challenge to their careers. We complain long and loud about how badly we fare compared to countries which are far smaller and have fewer resources than us. But when it comes to streamlining the management of sports in the country, no one seems to want to take up the task. The sports ministry cannot stand by and allow things to go on this way. Or else the race is over before it has begun.Man-made agent of natural selection, rapidly eliminating insecure, rebellious, rakish, stupid or otherwise dysfunctional people from the gene pool. Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss is launching an anti-smoking advocacy campaign against Shah Rukh Khan, no doubt replete with pictures of capsized lungs and cancer-ravaged cheeks that he plans to stick on tobacco products in December. A picture of a shrivelled brain would be more appropriate, since Khan was caught smoking on a campus — a no-smoke zone — in Punjab, the one state in India where a smoker sticks out like a Klingon at a beauty contest. If Dr Ramadoss also has Khan’s head examined, perhaps he’ll discover the suicide centre, which has eluded scientists for centuries. Earlier, Ramadoss had targeted Khan for smoking on screen because it sets a bad example. A doomed project because by the same logic, no act actionable in court, from mass murder to cheating on your spouse, ought to be depicted either. Indian film censors have made some vicious cuts and slashes in their time, but even they must blanch at the idea of thought control on this scale. The Health Minister backs the right movements, but he harbours this fascist streak which turns them into the most frightful pogroms. His move to make all buildings nationwide smoke-free on Gandhi Jayanti, and to fine smokers heavily, is of a piece with that. In India, a law like this serves no social purpose except to fatten the haftas of the police. Besides, it would support the sort of anti-smoking fundamentalism that has turned the US into a nation of neurasthenic hypochondriacs who start hacking and coughing if someone lights up at a hundred paces. Advocacy works far better and is more civil than punitive measures. The most potent anti-smoking measure in Delhi is a billboard at the Tees Hazari Court, right by the gate through which the ungodly are hauled off to the lockup. It loudly declares that smoking makes you impotent. It gives hardened criminals castration anxiety. A fine couldn’t be half as painful. Shah Rukh Khan, role model for half the nation’s youth, is a fit target for advocacy. But the original smoking gun of Indian cinema is Rajnikanth, the most enduring star from Ramadoss’s part of the country. In his prime, he was famed for flipping a lit cigarette into his mouth, triumphantly making it loop the loop to impress the ladies. Shortly thereafter, in scenes strategically set in the morning hours, the said ladies were depicted throwing up at the base of a coconut palm, visibly debunking the smoking-impotency link. Rajnikanth is Ramadoss’s legitimate prey. A sitting duck. Just sitting there, waiting to have pictures of diseased lungs mailed to him. (Pratik Kanjilal is publisher of The Little Magazine)Indian national Mohammed Nayeem who was kidnapped from the Afghanistan province of Herat four days ago is safe, official sources said on Friday. "As of this morning he is safe," a senior official of the ministry of external affairs said. "We are trying our best to get him released and this is the information we have about his safety," the official said.Nayeem, who works for Dubai-based HEB International Logistics, was kidnapped on Monday evening. No group has so far claimed responsibility. Nayeem was abducted less than a fortnight after a suicide bomber on April 12 blew himself up next to an Indian road crew in Afghanistan, killing two Indian workers and their Afghan driver.India has already announced its decision to send more security personnel to Afghanistan to guard Indian installations and ensure the safety of Indians working there.While announcing the decision, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee had Wednesday also made it clear that India would not "succumb" to pressure from any quarters to withdraw from the strife-torn country.The kidnapping of Nayeem is the latest in a series of incidents targeted at around 4,000 Indians working in Afghanistan on various projects. The Taliban militia is suspected to be behind most of these attacks on Indians as they don't want New Delhi to build the strategic Zaranj-Delaram road link that seeks to reduce Afghanistan's dependence on Pakistan for overland access to Central Asia and provide an alternative route for Indian goods to that country.India has pledged $850 million for a number of developmental projects in Afghanistan - a gateway to the energy-rich Central Asia.A festering unidentified disease, provisionally referred to as acute encephalitis syndrome (AES), has claimed the lives of 21 children in Muzaffarpur district of north Bihar. With three more children having succumbed to the disease in the past 24 hours, the death roll has climbed to 21 since the first such case this year was reported in last week of April?h, said Muzaffarpur civil surgeon Dr Gyan Bhushan.?K a j a l Ku m a r i ( 6 ) o f Mustafapur breathed her last at the Sri Krishna medical college and hospital (SKMCH), while Anuradha (2) and Ramita Kumari (4) died at Kejriwal Matri Sadan (KMS)?h, Dr Bhushan said Friday about the latest deaths. The civil surgeon-cum-health department spokesman said six new patients had been admitted to different government hospitals and private nursing homes of Muzaffarpur over the past 24 hours.?Altogether 76 patients afflicted by AES are being treated at government hospitals and private nursing homes,?h he added. This ?ekiller?f disease, officials recalled, had claimed the lives of 264 children last year.?More than 2,000 children have been fallen prey to this disease in last two decades. Yet, till date, experts are clueless about what the disease really is and why it breaks out during the May-June period every year?h, said Dr Arun Shah, a leading medical practitioner of Muzaffarpur.D o c t o rs t re at i n g A E S patients said the most common symptoms they showed were onset of high fever, headache, convulsions and, sometimes, seizures. Officials have insisted it was not ?eJapanese encepalitis?f. According to Dr Braj Mohan, head of SKMCH?fs paediatrics department, numerous teams of experts had visited different parts of north Bihar to collect saliva samples and blood serum of the affected children.But, even the scientists of the national institute of virology of Pune, who visited and collected samples from various places of north Bihar failed to ascertain the exact cause of the affliction,? said Dr Mohan.Earlier, a team of experts from the national center for disease control (New Delhi), led by Dr Himanshu Chauhan, had visited the AES-afflicted children at SKMCH and KMS to examine their symptoms.We are in talks with experts from New Delhi and other places. More samples are being collected to get to the root of this disease?h, civil surgeon, Dr Bhushan, said.Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have decided to sign a prenuptial agreement and keep their assets separate.Sources revealed that the 36-year-old rapper and his 33-year-old fiance are committed to the marriage and have agreed to sign a prenup as they are both business people and believe that it's the smart thing to do, TMZ reported.Sources added that the reality star understands the importance of the agreement as her father, Robert Kardashian, had told her over and over about the necessity of having clear contracts when it came to money.Though the couple will keep their assets separate, they will have a joint account for living expenses. According to reports, West is valued at 90 million dollars and Kim's wealth is approximately 40 million dollars, but it is believed that she is worth more than him.Kim Kardashian showed off her post-baby body online as she posed in a revealing white swimsuit in possibly the sexiest selfie of all time.The reality star, who recently credited Atkins diet for losing her post-pregnancy weight, shared the picture just four months after giving birth to daughter North West in June, ABC News reported.The, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, star can be seen wearing a one-piece white swimsuit which showed off her curves and small waist.The picture was accompanied by the caption, NoFilter.Kim Kardashian, who snapped back to her pre-baby body in just four months after the birth of her daughter North West in June, has revealed that she has been using the, Atkins diet, for losing her post-pregnancy weight.The reality star took to her Twitter account to reveal the secret to her weight loss success, while praising the popular celebrity diet - which consists of a low carbohydrate intake, ABC News reported.In response to a fans query, the, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, star tweeted that she has been actually doing the Atkins diet and she loves it. Colette Heimowitz, Vice President of Nutrition for Atkins Nutritionals, Inc., told the publication in a statement that Kardashian wanted a balanced and effective way to lose weight following her pregnancy and she chose Atkins.Heimowitz stated that Kardashian ate lots of lean proteins, veggies, fruits, and healthy fats like avocado and nuts.Rapper Kanye West has reportedly proposed his longtime girlfriend Kim Kardashian, with whom he has a daughter. West, 36, pulled off a huge birthday surprise by renting out an entire baseball stadium and asking Kim to marry him, reported E! online.The rapper borrowed AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, and popped the question in front of family and friends."He projected 'Please marry me' onto the stadium screen for everyone to see," a source said.After years of friendship, Kim and West began dating in April 2012 and welcomed baby North on June 15.The socialite was previously married to NBA player, Kris Humphries.Kim Kardashian's birthday party in Las Vegas is set to clash with her boyfriend, Kanye West's concert on October 21. The 32-year-old reality star - who gave birth to the couple's first daughter North in June is going to host the party in Las Vegas while Kanye will entertain a crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Contactmusic reported.Previously, it was reported West had banned his girlfriend from having cosmetic surgery after his mother Donda died following complications from a similar procedure.Desperate families of people still missing in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand have started placing advertisements announcing cash rewards ranging from Rs. 2-5 lakh for information. Regional newspapers are being flooded with such advertisements at a time when the government says nearly 3,000 people are missing. Several organisations tracking the disaster in the hill state are, however, providing higher figures. Bhagwan Singh, a businessman from Indore in Madhya Pradesh, has published an advertisement declaring Rs. 5 lakh reward for information about his seven missing family members, including his parents and brother. He last spoke to them on June 16, when they were in Rambada near Kedarnath. "I rushed to Dehradun after I came to know about the flash floods," he said. "I requested the government to take me to Rambada so that I could search for my family members, but no one heard my plea," he said on Thursday. Many others who have published similar advertisements also complained there was little information or assurance from the state government on their missing relatives. Rahul Singh, a banker and resident of Amreli district in Gujarat, is ready to give Rs. 2 lakh to anyone who can trace his parents who went missing from Kedarnath. "My parents had wanted to visit Char Dham for long. We never anticipated the journey would become a nightmare." He visited hospitals, approached the police and officials, but found their response not very forthcoming. Flash floods and landslides following rain on June 15-16 killed nearly 1,000 people and left thousands stranded, many of whom were evacuated to safety in one of the biggest rescue operations - spread over 15 days - mounted in India. The state government has opened a disaster helpline at the Police Line here to assist the families of the missing people. While pictures of missing persons are displayed at the helpline, the government has also started a Facebook page for sharing information.The will-he, won’t-he guessing game ended on Saturday when South Asia’s political royal scion Rahul Gandhi made an appearance on the second day of the wedding celebrations of Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk. In his trademark white kurta and black jacket, Rahul Gandhi, along with 30,000 Bhtuanese at Changlimithang stadium, witnessed the 31-year-old King kiss a nervous queen on her lips. He first kissed her on the cheeks and then asked the crowd if he should kiss on her lips. They roared, “Yes”. The King then joined a vigorous zhey dance with the prime minister, the cabinet and all the MPs. The King’s father Jigme Singye Wangchuk and his four queens were seen explaining the dance to Gandhi. Earlier, the couple inspected their first guard of honour by the Royal Bhutan Army at the majestic 17th century fortress, Tashichho dzong, which also houses the King’s office. Gandhi, the only foreign guest for this private function, was escorted to the venue by the King’s father who abdicated at 54 to introduce democracy. Gandhi was introduced to members of the royal family and to the chief abbot who presided over the wedding. Tashichho dzong has a special connection to the Gandhi family as Indira Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi are the only women to have stayed overnight in the historic building. For religious reasons, tradition prescribes that women cannot enter this building after sunset or before sunrise. When Indira Gandhi visited Bhutan as prime minister in 1968 there were no official guest houses and the then King didn’t want her to stay in a tent as was custom at that time. He consulted the chief Buddhist abbot, who declared that a prime minister was a prime minister and sex had no relevance in this. The Gandhi family’s ties with the Bhutan royals date to the 1950s after then PM Jawaharlal Nehru visited the country on the back of a yak accompanied by young Indira. He encouraged the present King’s grandfather, the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, to end Bhutan’s policy of isolation and accept India’s help in setting up roads and infrastructure. “If we view India-Bhutan friendship through the prism of simplicity, the perspective of fundamental human values... it began as a bond between two men — two leaders — and our best future lies in an unaltering bond between our two peoples,” the King had said in a speech last year about the relationship of his grandfather and Nehru.On Friday, eve of 60th day of protests against the state’s division, chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy held a press conference appealing the Seema-Andhra employees and workers to call off their strike. But by the end of the one-hour interaction here at his office-cum residence, Reddy himself attacked the Congress Working Committee’s decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh and showed his willingness to leave his post for the sake of Samaikhyandhra (united Andhra).“I am ready to sacrifice the CM’s post in the overall interests of the state and the people,” Reddy said, stressing that his future was not more important than that of the coming generations of the state. Maintaining that he was not challenging the party leaders, Reddy questioned their July 30 decision to form Telangana.“If the CWC’s decision is engraved in stone, what about the commitments made by the Congress’s tallest leaders ― Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi ― towards united Andhra,” asked Reddy, stating that he had tried his best to persuade the CWC to annul the division.Reddy cited the statement of Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh, who is in charge of Andhra Pradesh affairs and had remarked two days ago that he (Reddy) should act as chief minister of the entire state. “That is exactly my point. I am CM of united Andhra. And his statements only inspire me further to be like one.”Reddy’s challenging tone since the Telangana decision led to speculation that he would quit.Comparing the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to 'cyclone', chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Sunday said he would make efforts to thwart it."We cannot stop the (natural) cyclone. But, we will definitely try to stop this cyclone that would damage the state. We need your help and cooperation," he said, speaking at a meeting in Srikakulam district in coastal Andhra which was hit by Cyclone Phailin earlier in October.Reddy's open opposition to the division is in defiance of the stand of Congress high command which has backed the creation of state of Telangana.Reddy also conducted an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas of the district and interacted with fishermen and farmers who were affected by Phailin.Two people were killed in the district during the cyclone and crops were damaged extensively.Referring to the state government's efforts to contain the impact, Reddy said loss of human life was prevented to a great extent due to these efforts. As many as 1.35 lakh people were shifted to safer places after the government employees who were on strike in protest against the bifurcation joined back, he said, appreciating the agitating employees' role.Reddy announced that welfare programs will be undertaken for the fishermen community in Srikakulam district.Announcing several measures for coconut farmers, he said Rs. 5,000 per acre will be given for planting the trees under NREGS, and more compensation would be paid to those farmers who suffered due to the cyclone.Turns out that locking lips with someone helps us size up potential partners, and once in a relationship it can be one way of keeping a partner around, according to a new British study.Researchers from Oxford University surveyed 900 adults to confirm that kissing plays a central role in assessing a future partner's genetic potential, particularly for women seeking a future mate in what the researchers describe as the, Jane Austen problem. "Mate choice and courtship in humans is complex," said head researcher Dr. Robin Dunbar in a press release. "It involves a series of periods of assessments where people ask themselves 'shall I carry on deeper into this relationship?' Initial attraction may include facial, body, and social cues. The assessments become more and more intimate as we go deeper into the courtship stage, and this is where kissing comes in.""In choosing partners, we have to deal with the Jane Austen problem: how long do you wait for Mr. Darcy to come along when you can't wait forever and there may be lots of women waiting just for him? At what point do you have to compromise for the curate?" he said.The findings showed that women rated kissing as generally more important in relationships than men. Plus, men and women who rated themselves as being attractive, or who tended to have more short-term relationships and casual encounters, also rated kissing as being more important.The team found that kissing's importance changed for people according to whether or not they were in long-term or short-term relationships. While in short-term relationships, both men and women said kissing was important before sex, but less so both during and after sex. In committed relationships, women rated kissing as more important than men, and kissing was also seen as an important way to bond outside the context of sex. More frequent kissing in a relationship was linked to the quality of a relationship, while this wasn't the case for having more sex, the researchers said."What Jane Austen realized is that people are extremely good at assessing where they are in the mating market and pitch their demands accordingly," Dunbar said."It depends what kind of poker hand you've been dealt. If you have a strong bidding hand, you can afford to be much more demanding and choosy when it comes to prospective mates. We see some of that coming out in the results of our survey, suggesting that kissing plays a role in assessing a potential partner," he said.Findings of the research are reported in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.Karnataka Janata Party chief BS Yeddyurappa wrote to LK Advani, seeking entry of his party into the National Democratic Alliance “in its endeavor to make Narendra Modi as the next prime minister.” Yeddyurappa told Advani, who is the chairman of the NDA, that all leaders of his party had met on October 19 and taken a decision on this regard. He also sent copies of his letter to other BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari and Arun Jaitely.Yeddyurappa told HT that his party intended to contest 10 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats and was ready for an understanding with the BJP for other places. Yeddyurappa had caused a huge damage to the BJP’s prospects in the assembly polls held in April this year, which paved the way for a Congress government under Siddaramaiah. Advani's opposition to his chief ministership two years ago over the mining scam caused him to leave the BJP and form his own party in December last year.Advani was expected to discuss the issue with BJP parliamentary board members and other NDA leaders.Though Advani was opposed to his return, he was likely to go by the views of other leaders who were keen to avoid a split of votes in Karnataka.BJP's fear of being unable to retain 19 of the 28 Lok Sabha it won in 2009 saw parleys being held in the last few days to work out an arrangement.In fact, soon after Modi was declared BJP’s PM candidate last month, Yeddyurappa expressed willingness to support his leadership. A few days ago, he had met party chief Rajnath Singh in Mumbai to discuss the matter.Yeddyurappa’s latest decision to seek entry to the NDA came after he gave up plans for a merger of his party with the BJP and instead opt for the NDA. Apparently, the issue of accommodating his loyalists in the BJP made him to decide to retain his party’s identity, at least until the Lok Sabha polls.Yeddyurappa recalled in his letter to Advani that the KJP won six seats in the state assembly, securing more than 10% of the total valid votes. The Election Commission also granted recognition to his party as a regional Party.Mamata Banerjee’s government is leaving no stone unturned to woo investors to Bengal. And her latest attempt is the introduction of ‘evening services for conservancy work’ in the central business district, in a bid to ensure a cleaner Kolkata. Mamata had personally asked municipal commissioner Khalil Ahmed to introduce such services, which are in practice in two of the ‘tech’ cities in the south - Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Accordingly, the solid waste management department of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), also governed by Trinamool Congress, had just started the services in the Dalhousie Square as a pilot project.“We have already engaged an additional workforce of 50 men to sweep the roadside channels, empty the overfilled fibre-glass large bins placed at strategic points and also the open garbage dumps (vats) every evening at the Dalhousie area,” the member, mayor-incouncil (solid waste management) Debabrata Majumder told HT.According to of ficials attached to the pilot project, the evening services introduced for the first time in Kolkata starts off at 2 pm and continues till 8 pm.Highlighting the purpose of such a move, Majumder added, “Our wish is to give a positive image about Kolkata to investors and visitors - both domestic and foreign.”Locations in the central business district have been divided into five different zones (see box) headed by a supervisor and manned by 10 mazdoors each.“A fulltime assistant director has been engaged to oversee the ‘evening services’ in the central business district only to emphasise the seriousness of the work undertaken,” a senior official of the solid waste management department told HT.If the pilot project becomes a successful venture, KMC bosses have plans to extend the ‘evening service of conservancy work’ facilities to other areas of the city.“In the south, we want to cover up the Gariahat zone first and in the north our priority is to cover up the Shyambazar zone under this scheme of evening services,” a senior KMC official added.According to the MMiC, neither of the bigger metros like New Delhi, Mumbai or Chennai have introduced such facilities to ensure a cleaner and better city round the clock.The Mamata Banerjee government’s decision to waive corporation tax on advertisements put up by Puja organisers during the festive season will cost the civic exchequer crores. Trinamool Congress controlled Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has waived advertisement tax on temporary banners, festoons and hoardings put up during the festive season this year.According to officials attached to the advertisement department, orders from top have prompted them not to go for any drive to collect advertisement tax on temporary banners, festoons and hoardings during this festive period. Last year, the KMC authorities had called for a tender and had mopped up over R1 crore as tender price for collection of advertisement tax from temporary banners, festoons and hoardings.However, at the last moment, the tender was cancelled after chief minister Mamata Banerjee suddenly announced the waiver.According to a KMC official, such a decision only benefited Puja organisers who are making money during the festival and leading a luxurious life.“Many Trinamool Congress leaders are making huge profits from Mamata Banerjee’s decision to waive advertisement tax,” a senior official of the KMC’s advertisement department alleged.Such a decision had only helped in the mushrooming of temporary ads across the city during the festival month.“Many advertising companies, too, are making lot of unaccounted money from such a tax-free venture,” a senior KMC official said.KMC had been calling for tenders for collection of advertisement tax since 2007 during the regime of Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharyya.Prior to 2007, due to lack of adequate staff at KMC’s advertisement department, civic authorities had to miss out heavily on advertisement tax.Mamata Banerjee’s government is keen to put Kolkata on the global map, when lakhs of visitors - foreign and domestic - would gather to celebrate Bengal’s biggest festival Durgostav with pomp and grandeur. The tourism department and Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) have joined hands for the first time to decorate the city with lights and give Kolkata a festive look.All entry-exit points to the city would have gates lit and important buildings and road crossings would be decorated with chain lights. “We have already got Rs. 20 lakh from the tourism department and an additional Rs. 30 lakh would be contributed from our kitty to illuminate the city with chain lights this Durga Puja,” Manzar Iqbal, member, mayor-in-council (MMiC) (lighting) told HT.According to the tourism department’s guidelines, the illumination would be done from October 9 to 18 for a span of 12 hours starting from 5.30 pm.“It is a first-of-its-kind initiative on part of the government and KMC to decorate the city with lights during the biggest festival. Organisers go to a great extent to illuminate the passage leading to their respective puja pandals, but illuminating the city as a whole is something new and exciting,” a senior technocrat engaged with the electrical department of KMC, who had been assigned with the job to light up the city, told Hindustan Times.Decorative and well-lit gates would be put up temporarily at the Second Hooghly Bridge and Howrah Bridge.Important road crossings that would be illuminated with decorative chain lights include crossings at Shyambazar, Dalhousie, Dorina, Park Street, Elliot Park, Rabindra Sadan, National Library, Belvedere Road, Hazra, Rashbehari Avenue and Gariahat Bridge Parapet (east & west) along with the entire stretch of the riverfront, among others.All important and landmark buildings of Kolkata, too, would be illuminated with chain lights during the days of the festival. “These buildings would include government and heritage buildings that usually attract tourists round the year,” the MMiC added.All the entry- exit points from both north and south 24-Parganas would also have gates decorated with lights to welcome visitors to the Metrocity during the festival days.All the players, who have either played with Sachin Tendulkar or seen him play as coaches or former cricketers, have a special story about the great batsman to narrate. HT presents a few of the interesting tales and memories of these people with Sachin. Cheteshwar PujaraI got out for four on my debut; he told me the ball had kept low and maybe even he would have got out. He asked me not to worry. I’m thankful to him for all the guidance throughout my career. Personally I’ll miss his guidance as well because I’ve been interacting with him about how to become a good cricketer. He has an aura; whenever he’s on the field there’s a different aura. His presence is always felt. Whenever he’s in the dressing room, he has all the information. He has played against most of the bowlers in the world. Whenever I’m facing a new bowler, I go up to him and ask what to do. We’ll miss his knowledge and experience. As a youngster, I always felt comfortable with him at the crease. I first met him during a Duleep Trophy game. I wasn’t playing but I spoke to him. It was a really different playing.Manoj TiwaryI came back from Bangladesh with a shoulder dislocation and Paaji (that’s how juniors in Indian team refer to him) was leaving for Test series. He enquired from local manager and called me up and asked about what I am doing with my rehab. I said I was going to Mumbai to get a surgery done by Dr Anant Joshi. Paaji immediately spoke to Dr Andrew Wallace in London and arranged for an appointment and surgery. That was something I could never forget.Ajit Wadekar, former India captainIt was 31st March and we were in the middle of our 1994 New Zealand tour. Suddenly around midnight, Sachin came to my room huffing and puffing. He asked me to rush to his room where Kapil (Dev) was not keeping well all of a sudden. When I asked Sachin what happened to Kapil, he said, “Kapil paaji is elder to me so it wouldn’t look nice if I asked him, so I didn’t. You come and check for yourself.”Even though Sachin is a big prankster, I trusted him and rushed to his room in my pyjama itself. When I entered the room, the entire team was standing there with a huge cake in the centre. Even Sunil (Gavaskar), who was commentating, had joined in. Since my birthday falls on April 1, not only did they wish me a happy birthday but also happy April Fools’ Day.Kochi is a must-win game for Dhoni and his boys because if they go down 0-2 in the series, it will be tough to come back and win three matches in a row.Obviously, India will be geared up because they nearly chased down 325 in the first game, and though the Rajkot pitch lasted the 100 overs, chasing 300 is not easy.Both teams will be expecting another belter, though I am not sure if the Kochi wicket will last till the end.Firstly, matches are not played here regularly and because of the heat the wicket is bound to break up somewhat, providing assistance to the spinners as the game goes on. It will be an important toss to win for both captains, and whoever wins it will bat first.Both sides don't have too many options of changing the XI, which did duty in Rajkot. Pujara will stay put on the bench for some time but it's a positive for the team, as no one will think about relaxing. The spinners will have a part to play and Dhoni will need a good show, especially from Ashwin.England will not only be challenged by the Indians, they will also have to fight the heat. Cook will be desperate to win the toss because if England field first, India's job will be half done.England surprised in the Test series and I will be watching to find out how they come through in the Kochi heat to prove their mental and physical toughness.They have called in Bopara but I don't think they will change the Rajkot XI. Root is a good option as the second spinner and his spell will be crucial, especially when the pitch will tend to get slow and the ball will stop and come.England will need to use Dernbach properly. He doesn't seem to have much control with the new ball and if his ability at the death is the factor for him to be in the XI, the new ball can be thrown to Finn and Bresnan.360 Corporate RelationsThe writer is a former India captainIn a freak accident, a 11-year-old boy choked to death apparently trying to imitate a suicide scene shown in a television programme, police said on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Tanmay Biswas (11), a resident of Majhdia Putikhali village of Krishnaganj in Nadia. He was a Class 6 student of Majhdia Rail Bazar High School in Nadia.Tanmay’s mother had gone to their relative’s place leaving Tanmay with his homework. His father was also not at home. After finishing his homework, Tanmay switched on the television and started watching his favourite cartoon show, Chhota Bheem. In a bid to imitate a suicide scene, he took a towel and hung himself from the ceiling of his room.“When I returned home, I saw my son hanging from the ceiling of his room. The TV was on,” said Tapan Biswas, the victim’s father.He was immediately rushed to Krishnaganj Primary Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.“He was very interested in cartoon shows, especially Chhota Bheem. But we never thought this habit of his would turn out to be fatal. We are deeply shocked by the incident,” said Amulya Biswas, the victim’s uncle.“Tanmay was addicted to cartoon shows. We bought this television set 20 days ago. Earlier, he used to go to our neighbour’s house to watch his favourite shows. If only I knew that the set would take my son away from me, I would have never bought this TV,” said Tanmay’s mother Gita Biswas trying hard to hold back her tears.The police has sent the body for postmortem. The incident is not an isolated one. There are many instances of children getting killed while attempting stunts shown in movies or TV.In 2009, 12-year-old Vishal Hela, died at his home at Shibpur in Howrah when he was trying to copy a stunt on television.Worried over recurring deaths of children trying to imitate stunts by popular cartoon heroes, the Trinamool Congress in 2003 had demanded a ban on the telecast of such television programmes.With the number of Durga Pujas increasing, the number of priests is on the rise. To meet the demand, the Bangiyo Purahit Sabha has started a crash course for them. In 2010, there was a major crisis of priests in the state. It was even observed that priests, who are reciting mantras for years, are not well versed with the rituals. “So, we decided to introduce a crash course for the purohits. It has worked wonders. Even in 2011, there were only 4,000 odd purohits in the state. Now, the figure has reached almost 7,000,” said Mrinal Shastri, secretary of Bongiyo Purahit Sabha. In fact, the association has roped in Hindu priests from neighbouring Orissa, Bihar and Jharkhand to attend the special tutorial classes. The association also performs rituals at major puja pandals in the city.“According to norms, interested candidates should be a member our Sabha and can undertake the course free of cost. Successful candidates of this course will be considered as certified purohits,” added Shastri.The course teaches ways to perform various rituals and the right ways to pronounce Sanskrit slokas.Shastri gave an example of how mispronouncing even a single word in a mantra can have negative effects. “Chanting Om Namaha Shivaya is meant to invoke Lord Shiva. But if a priest mispronounces it as Om Namaha Shivahu he is instead invoking the followers of Lord Shiva, who are ghosts and spooks. Remember the word Shivaya signifies Lord Shiva and Shivahu signifies his followers,” Shastri said.Muslim leaders expressed unhappiness over the high court order that ruled monthly honorariums for imams and muezzins across the state as ‘unconstitutional’. Terming the court order as unfortunate, many minority groups even threatened to move the Supreme Court.While the All-India Minority Forum (AIMF) and All-Bengal Minority Youth Forum (ABMYF) decided to approach the apex court, other influential community leaders such as Siddiqullah Chowdhury, state president of All-India United Democratic Front and Qari Fazlur Rehman, who heads the largest Id congregation on Red Road blamed the state government for the fiasco. “If the government wants, it can bypass the court order and provide allowances in some other way. But the government should have concentrated on the overall socio-economic development of the minority community instead of doling out monthly honorariums to only imams and muezzins. We fear the state government might stop providing the allowances in this pretext, citing the high court ruling,” Chowdhury said.On Monday, the high court quashed the state’s decision to pay Rs. 2,500 every month to imams and Rs. 1,000 to muezzins, terming such payment as illegal and irregular.The court also observed that state executives squandered public money by releasing funds to the Wakf Board. The court declared the government decision as violating Article 166 of the Constitution.“The government should not have made the announcement of providing honorariums if it is unconstitutional. The court ruling is an insult to imams and their honour has been hurt. The state is at fault. It should have taken proper legal advice before going ahead with its decision. Even now, they should challenge the ruling and take proper legal recourse so that imams and muezzins are benefited,” Rehman remarked.AIMF chairman Idris Ali, who also heads the Trinamool Congress minority cell, termed the high court order unfortunate and decided to approach the Supreme Court. ABMYF secretary Mohammad Kamruzzaman also threatened to approach the apex court and said the state government could have defended itself better in court.“The government failed to defend the decision in court. It could also have disbursed the honorarium in a more methodical way so as not to attract the ire of the court,” Kamruzzaman said.The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has charged the former head of Government College of Art and Craft (GCAC), Deepali Bhattacharya, and Dhanbad-based art dealer Jayanta Banerjee with duping the government and others by exhibiting fake Tagore paintings in 2011. “They made a conspiracy of cheating by exhibiting forged or fake paintings to deceive the government and others,” the CID charge sheet stated. It was submitted in the city civil court on September 24. Eminent painter Jogen Choudhury, a co-accused in the case, has been given a clean chit.The conscience of art lovers was shaken when prominent art critics and historians started claiming that 20 of the 23 Tagore paintings exhibited at the GCAC were fakes.Sculptor Tapas Sarkar, an alumnus of the GCAC, soon moved Calcutta High Court, seeking its intervention in getting the paintings tested. A panel headed by eminent Tagore expert Ratan Parimoo later termed all the 20 paintings a poor attempt to fake Tagore.In October 2012, an ex-student of the GCAC, Tamal Krishna Goswami, filed a police complaint against the three at the New Market police station, following which a CID probe was ordered. A team of officers, comprising Atanu Ghosal, Sougata Ghosh and others, conducted the probe.The investigating agency slapped sections 420 (cheating), 120B (criminal conspiracy), (punishment for forgery), 469 (forgery for the purpose of harming reputation) and 511 (attempt to commit an offence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Bhattacharya and Banerjee.“She (Bhattacharya), as an eminent intellectual, should have checked the provenances of the paintings. She never checked and intentionally avoided the time-tested methods of checking the paintings. She deceived the government, the people and the entire culture of Kaviguru,” the sleuths wrote in the charge sheet.Banerjee had earlier claimed in court that none of the Tagore fakes belonged to him. He said that he had given only six paintings to Bhattacharya for restoration, but she never returned those. These six paintings were not among the fakes. He maintained the same when the investigators grilled him.The investigators, however, did not buy his argument. “He, knowing it very well that all are fakes collected by some gray method, supplied the same to Deepali Bhattacharya with an intention to earn money illegally,” the charge sheet stated.A five-member delegation of the Calcutta Diocese of the Church of North India (CNI) on Thursday met chief minister Mamata Banerjee over the vandalisation of Christ Church School by a mob in the aftermath of Oindrilla Das’s death after alleged ragging. The delegation sought the protection of minority-run institutions in the state. The Christian schools were shut on Thursday to protest police against inaction when vandalism occurred at the school in Dum Dum, North 24-Parganas, last Thursday.It was at this school that Das, a Class 5 student, died on September 11 allegedly after being ragged by seniors who locked her up in a school bathroom and demanded money from her. A day after the girl’s death, hundreds of angry parents and guardians ransacked the 131- year- old school and forced principal Helen Sircar to resign. She was arrested and later released on bail. Sircar virtually accused the police and the mob of colluding during the vandalism. “We came to meet the chief minister today... and based on what her office told us, we have complete faith in her that she will definitely do the needful... we believe that,” Abir Adhikari of the diocese said.“We have demanded protection of minority institutions,” he said, adding that an inquiry committee and a monitoring committee instituted by the CNI were investigating the incident.On the CNI’s directive, 700 institutions under the West Bengal Association of Christian Schools and the Association of Anglo-Indian Schools, and about 300 schools affiliated to the Indian Council for Secondary Education (ICSE) remained closed on Thursday.Several teachers of schools under the ICSE Board did not hold routine classes and observed a prayer service in Oindrila’s memory and seminars on the teacher-student relationship.Over a dozen people have been arrested so far for the vandalism that resulted in the loss of valuable documents, including those submitted by Class 10 and Class 12 students for their upcoming board exams.A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) trooper on Sunday gunned down his senior officer in Kolkata following a heated argument. He later surrendered, police said.The incident happened inside the CISF camp at the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT)."We have arrested a CISF jawan after he gunned down inspector Gurupada Sheet," deputy commissioner of police (Port) V Nesakumar said.According to police, the trooper fired three rounds from his rifle after a heated argument with the inspector, killing him on the spot. He later surrendered and was arrested.The accused will be produced in court later on Sunday.Devi Durga may be coming on her dola and Indra may be preparing to tinker with the rain clouds again but the civic bosses have never looked so smug. The bandobast, perhaps for the first time, is tight and, come what may, the showers won’t ruin the festive days, they promise.With repeated warnings from the Met office predicting a downpour during the festive week, Mamata Banerjee’s men at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) are leaving no stone unturned ensure that there is no waterlogging during Durga Puja and Diwali. According to senior engineers of the drainage department, three ‘flood control centres’ would arrange for six core groups at Hrishikesh Park under Thanthania drainage pumping station, five groups near Sealdah flyover under the sewerage and drainage office, two at the outdoor office at Subodh Mullick Square and two at Triangular Park.Each group will comprise of eight labourers, according to civic officials. The flood control centres would operate in two shifts from 6am to 4pm and from 4pm to 11pm.The KMC control room at the civic headquarters would have a pay loader, one lorry and seven labourers working round-theclock. There will be a round the clock vigil at 3 major terminal drainage pumping stations, Palmer Bazar, Ballygunge and Dhapa Lock.“No officials would be allowed leave during the festive days. I will ask the municipal commissioner to issue an official order cancelling all holidays for engineers and staff working at pumping stations,” Rajib Deb, member, mayor-in-council (drainage & sewerage) told HT.Special arrangements to combat waterlogging on Central Avenue from Muktaram Babu Street to Colootola Street have been made.“Around 69 pumps will be deployed for the festive period,” a senior KMC official attached with Drainage department said.Workers under the 100-days job guarantee scheme in two shifts would be deployed at all listed water logging pockets and a skeleton staff of the engineering department would be kept ready.Mayor Sovan Chatterjee met with officials of the irrigation, solid waste management and PHE departments, officers of the Kolkata Police and its traffic wing, and employees of the KMDA, Metro Railway and CESC and chalked out a detailed plan to tackle any emergencies during the festive season.Mayor Sovan Chatterjee made Metro Railways authorities agree to pay compensation to farmers who would be displaced and lose livelihood due to the Garia-Airport Metro project.“Metro railways authorities agreed principally to pay compensation to the affected farmers and a joint inspection is scheduled for Saturday,” Chatterjee told reporters on Tuesday.According to senior Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) officials, initially the mayor demanded 252 crore from Metro Railways authorities for using KMC land for the Garia-Airport project.Metro Railways officials wrote to Chatterjee asking for a discussion on the issue demanding that it would not be possible for them to pay the sum.Accordingly, a meeting was scheduled at the civic headquarters on Tuesday and Chatterjee conceded his demand for the money as levy for land use but instead proposed compensation to affected farmers, which Metro officials agreed to in principle.On Saturday KMC of ficials would accompany Metro Railways officials for a joint inspection and initial survey of the land required in the Dhapa area off EM Bypass.“We would try to identify the number of farmers who would lose their livelihood due to the Garia-Airport Metro project. Accordingly, a detailed survey would be conducted and the amount of compensation would be decided thereof,” a senior official of the civic body said.The policymakers would decide on the amount of compensation to be paid after talks with affected farmers, said a senior member, mayor-incouncil.Watch your pockets, as the cheap and best tourist destination Kolkata is now the most expensive metropolis for a night out for two and Ahmedabad a budget-friendly metro city, according a survey.The 'City of Joy' has snatched the top spot from the 'City of Dreams' Mumbai this year with a couple shelling out Rs. 10,115 during a night out. However, it would cost them only Rs. 6,406 in Ahmedabad. Kolkata is 1.5 times more expensive than Ahmedabad, says a survey by travel portal TripAdvisor carried out in eight cities -- Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.TripAdvisor launched the third edition of its annual TripIndex, a travel price index of major Indian metropolitan cities. The index aims at helping travellers determine the cost for an evening out for two people in these destinations. TripIndex tracks the cost for two travellers for one night's accommodation, a pre-meal drink, dinner and a taxi ride in each city.When it comes to hotels, Mumbai is the most expensive city, with room rent being as high as Rs. 7,580. Pune hotels, however, offer the least rates of Rs. 5,230. But, when it comes to taxi rides, fares in Mumbai are the least at Rs. 84 for return taxi fare---which means two taxi journeys of 2 km each. In Chennai, it costs Rs. 230.Dinner is the costliest in the national capital. A couple has to pay Rs. 2,767 for the package, which includes two courses and a bottle of wine, while in Ahmedabad it costs just Rs. 593. Beer is the cheapest in Delhi and costliest in Hyderabad.Country manager of TripAdvisor India Nikhil Ganju says, "TripIndex is a useful reference for travellers to plan their trip budgets. It helps them estimate how far their money will take them when travelling to any of the main metro cities in the country, whether for leisure or work."For the survey, hotel prices were the average one night rate at a four-star hotel found on TripAdvisor in each destination between June 1 and August 31.Twenty-two students from MC Kejriwal Vidyapeeth have been selected to visit National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) — Kennedy Space Center— for a training programme. The students would be leaving for Orlando, Florida, USA, on September 19 and would be accompanied by two teachers. The itinerary includes a threeday intensive workshop on Robotics, a first-hand experience of space technology, micro gravity, rocket designing and launching and learning about the various other aspects of Nasa’s space programme. The students will also have the privilege of interacting with the astronauts.“If students are only confined to text books in classrooms, they can’t aim high in their life. To be an achiever, one must go out, explore, face challenging experiences and learn from the best resources in the world. And this stint at NASA would be of great help to our students,” said the managing trustee KK Kejriwal.The students will also get a chance to join NASA’s Dr Steve Levin, project scientist for the Juno mission to Jupiter, for a live interactive education event on September 27. Levin will share information about the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope programme and how students can participate in real research using a 34-meter radio telescope.“Both the students and teachers are looking forward to this chance which, will be a great learning opportunity and an exhilarating experience. The school hopes to organise many such educational trips in the future,” he added. This educational tour will also include visits to interesting places like the Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Studios in Orlando; Niagara Falls in Buffalo; Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Madam Tussaud’s in New York.This trip has been arranged by the Delhi based Atlantis Innovation and Edu Travels.After France and Australia, city revelers will now get to savour a slice of Pakistani culture and artwork during their jaunt across the pandals this Puja. Puja organisers at Nabin Pally of Hatibagan have tied up with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Kolkata, to showcase the famous ‘truck art’ of Pakistan during the festive days this year.“Our effort will offer a slice of Pakistan to those who don’t get to visit there. The venture will help the people discover a new artwork not common in India,” Gauri Basu, adviser, ICCR Kolkata, told HT. “We have always tried to showcase rare and dying artworks of Bengal during the festive season. Over the last few years, we have themed our Puja on such traditional artworks as lupto darushilpo (lost/dying woodcraft) and adi khadi (khadi work). This year will see us go beyond borders and bring the famous truck art of Pakistan to visitors,” Shiv Shankar Maitra, president of the Nabin Pally Puja Committee, told HT.The Puja organisers have already roped in three artists from across the border to lead the effort. Haider Ali, Muhammad Iqbal and Mumtaz Ahmed have been putting in strenuous hours to get the pandal ready in time.“Our aim is to showcase the Pakistani truck art to visitors during the Durga Puja. We will model the pandal after a truck cabin and the inside works will feature a variety of our artworks in vibrant colours and patterns,” Haider Ali, who hails from Karachi, told HT.Truck art features handdrawn patterns complete with lines from Urdu poems. The artwork is used to deck up trucks and other goods vehicles in Pakistan. The art form is also known for the bright and colourful floral patterns on the bodies of goods vehicles.Hatgachia slum, located off EM Bypass near ITC Sonar, Silver Spring and Milan Mela, is all set to get a facelift. Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) authorities have initiated steps to develop this slum that dots the adjacent posh locality.Hatgachia is one of the largest slums in Kolkata, which spreads over 40,000 square metre area and houses 11,500 people.“A detailed project report on developing Hatgachia as the first ‘model’ slum with an estimated cost of ` 3.75 crore has been submitted to urban development and municipal affairs minister Firhad Hakim for his approval and funding,” Swapan Samaddar, member, mayor-incouncil (bustee development) told HT. If the plan gets a go-ahead, the slum would have proper drinking water facilities, sewerage and drainage system, roads, toilets and housing for all.DPR for transfor ming Hatgachia as a model slum proposes improvement of sewerage system of 22.54 km, construction of new bituminus road (main road) of 3.5 km, construction of decorative kerb channel of 33 km, laying of paver block on the pavements of 32.57 sq.km, construction of concrete pathway of 6.7 sq.km, construction of a two-storied community hall of 1,200 sq.ft per floor, construction of 100 units of sanitary latrines, repairing and upgrade of a KMC primary school building, construction of pedestrian railings along the pavements of 3.3 km, healthcare centre, etc. According to engineers, the DPR also includes development of a park, lighting condition and power supply.“During monsoon, Hatgachia slum goes under water as the adjacent posh neighbourhood pumps out water towards the slum area, which is low land. We have decided to develop the land so that the problem of waterlogging could be tackled,” a senior KMC engineer said.Many in the civic headquarters are considering this initiative as the first step towards transforming Kolkata into a ‘slum free’ city, as mayor Sovan Chatterjee had promised.According to sources, immediately after local councillor from Trinamool Congress Sambhunath Kow got arrested, Samaddar had been given additional charge to look after Kow’s ward.Former Assam Congress minister Devanand Konwar, who was the governor of Bihar on Monday took oath as 13th head of the state of Tripura.Since Tripura become a full fledged state in January 1972, Konwar - an educationist-lawyer-turned-politician - is the first person from the northeastern region to assume office of the governor of that state.He succeeded D.Y. Patil, who was shifted to Bihar.New Chief Justice of Tripura high court Deepak Gupta, who assumed office Saturday, administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 77-year-old Konwar.Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar, his cabinet colleagues, leaders of political parties and top civil, army and police officials were present at the brief oath-taking ceremony at Raj Bhavan.The Left Front government in Tripura earlier strongly criticised the central government for unilaterally appointing Konwar as the governor of the state."The unilateral appointment of governor to a state is undesirable. The union home ministry did not follow the traditional practice of consultation with the state government before appointing the governor," Sarkar had said.Konwar was the cabinet minister in the Assam governments led by chief ministers Hiteswar Saikia and Tarun Gagoi. He also practised as a lawyer at the Gauhati high court.For many years he also worked in a private oil company."I shall do my best for the allround development and welfare of Tripura and its people. I will push the developmental schemes put forward by the state government to the centre," Konwar told reporters after being sworn in as the governor.Over 60 guests - Assam Congress leaders and close relatives of Konwar - also attended the ceremony, conducted by Tripura chief secretary Sanjay Kumar Panda.The river Ganga after rising steadily for more than a week has now started showing a receding trend here.However, overall flood situation in the district continues to remain grim. Water Resources Department (WRD) officials said the Ganga was flowing 34.48 metres above danger mark on Thursday, registering a two-centimetre fall in water level as compared to Wednesday.A boy uses a raft to move away from an inundated village.HT photo A vast area of the district continues to remain inundated. Official figures put the affected people to nearly five lakh living in 237 villages. District public relations officer (DPRO),Ravindra Kumar, said flood had claimed eight lives till Monday.The flood-hit people of rural areas have taken shelter on NH-80 (Mokama-Farrakanational highway). With floodwater overtopping the highway at a number of places between Munger and Kahalgaon, the road link with both the places from here continues to remain snapped.In the meantime river Kosi has started posing serious threat in quite a vast expanse of Naugachhia sub-division.??The river is flowing only a few centimetres below the danger mark, but there could be a sharp increase in water level as more than two lakh cusecof water has been discharged in the river on Thursday,?? said,chief engineer, WRD, Bhagalpur division, Kailu Sardar.He said slow discharge of Kosi water in Ganga near Kursela could rapidly increase water level of the river.The chief engineer, however,ruled out that there was new threat to Naugachhia sub-division,including Naugachhia town.Meanwhile, strong water current in flooded Ganga aggravated soil erosion in the flood-hit areas. ??Work is being undertaken to strengthen the areas prone to soil erosion near Raghopur-Kazikoriya embankment,?? Sardar said.Kotak Mahindra Bank on Thursday reported 26% rise in standalone net profit at Rs. 353 crore in the quarter ended September 30, boosted by a healthy growth in interest income and strong margin.The total income increased to Rs. 2,469.46 crore in the second quarter ended September 30 from Rs. 2,174.50 crore a year ago. The net interest income jumped 22 % to Rs. 924 crore from Rs. 758 crore in the same period last year, it said.The key profitability gauge, net interest margin (NIM), which is the difference between interest a bank pays on deposits and which it earns on advances, rose 30 bps to 4.9% during the quarter despite adverse market conditions.The private lender's total advances rose 11% to Rs. 50,609 crore as against Rs. 45,443 crore a year ago."We consciously slowed down lending to construction equipment and commercial vehicle segments. Accordingly, there was 17 % drop in our lending to these sectors. Excluding this, the rest of the loan portfolio has grown by 18%," Kotak Group CFO Jaimin Bhatt said.However, he said the bank doesn't see any further de-growth in these two segments."The delinquency is not increasing at the same pace as it was in the past...there is some level of stabilisation. Let the industry pick up then we will review whether we need to grow it back all over again," Kotak Mahindra Bank Joint Managing director Dipak Gupta said.There was a marginal rise in gross NPAs in Q2 at 1.97% from 1.95% a year ago, while net NPA improved a tad to 0.96% from 0.98%."Restructured assets continue to remain low. At the end of reporting period, restructured standard assets stood at Rs. 45 crore, or 0.09% of net advances," Bhatt said.On its exposure to the troubled publisher Deccan Chronicle Holdings, Gupta said: "We have acted under the Sarfesi Act. We have possession of some of their properties and will go to the next stage of disposing them of." However, Gupta said it will take at least three to six months to dispose of properties. He did not reveal the bank's exposure to the troubled Hyderabad Group.On a consolidated basis, the bank's net profit in Q2 rose 16% to Rs. 583 crore from Rs. 502 crore a year ago.Consolidated NIM stood at 4.9% as against 4.6% in the same quarter last year.A Test match played at the Ferozeshah Kotla could well get boring if the pitch is not under the scanner. On December 27, 2009, a one-day tie against Sri Lanka had to be abandoned after a dubious pitch of uneven bounce was deemed to be dangerous to bat on.Although Australia subsided in roughly four days in each of the first three Tests on spin-friendly pitches in Chennai, Hyderabad and Mohali, the Delhi pitch has come in for early criticism. Some officials had told HT in the week leading to the Test that a rank dry surface was being prepared on instructions and that the match may not last beyond the third day.Australia's top-order batsmen were guilty of throwing their wickets away on Friday playing loose shots. But there was uneven bounce from the first session, the ball either keeping low or the odd one rising sharply. An Ishant Sharma delivery rose from good length and struck Phillip Hughes on his helmet, while a Ravichandran Ashwin delivery shot through. The umpires on a couple of occasions were seen taking a close look whether the bowlers' follow-through was damaging the pitch.Dust BowlWith puffs of dust coming off the surface, some experts dubed it a "third day" pitch. There is concern it could deteriorate fast and make batting tougher.It is no secret that skipper MS Dhoni wants rank turners for home Tests. While curators at the other three venues prepared pitches that helped home spinners, the India batsmen also scored heavily. The Aussie lower-order resistance in the final session pushed pitch talk aside a bit and one will have to wait till India bat, most likely early on Saturday.However, it is clear the Delhi curators often struggle to get the balance right. Apart from the 2009 fiasco, late in 2011, the West Indies Test was played on a sluggish surface.Australia batsman Steve Smith, who batted for around two-and-a-half hours to score 46, gave his verdict. "That's probably not the day one wicket that I'm used to playing on. It's broken up a fair bit. It's going to get tougher and tougher to bat throughout this match. To be 231 at the end of the day is not a bad day. Hopefully, we can grind out another 50 or so tomorrow and I think that will be quite competitive as a first-innings score on that wicket."Dhoni, on his part, kept switching Ashwin and Jadeja constantly from the pavilion end to create rough on both sides of the pitch, which the bowlers sought to exploit.It is not always tough to guess the ideal score on a track. But so harsh has been the winter and so brittle India's batting that no one wants to predict it.The Ferozeshah Kotla was shut out to all forms of cricket for almost a month before this India-Pakistan tie to be played on January 6. The reason - the Delhi association (DDCA) didn't want to take a chance, considering the weather and a chequered past."This (winter) season has been extremely tough to prepare a wicket. There is a lot of moisture and fog and that is why we began work on it so early," said curator and former Delhi batsman Venkat Sundaram.Although wickets for this season's first-class games — Ranji Trophy — often had low bounce and were full of runs, the ground staff needed to work extra hard to grow the grass on the square to bind it for the international match. “It is tough to strike a balance. We need to avoid dew falling on it and also allow it some sunshine, which hasn't been enough. I think it'll have something for everyone.”The match timings were advanced to noon as the dew and fog set in late in the evening. The centre wicket, where Delhi scored an outright win over Orissa in a match full of runs and wickets, will be used for the ODI.Security & TicketsConsidering the high-profile nature of the match, the security has been tightened with the police holding special meetings with senior officials.The DDCA general secretary Sneh Bansal and Pakistan team media manager Nadeem Sarwar said they have no knowledge of any head of state from India or Pakistan attending the match although there has been speculation about it. It seems, however, that the demand for tickets from Pakistan has come down a bit while there is a clamour for it from the Indian fans. Of the 1000 Hill A tickets sent to Pakistan, 300 have been returned. Fresh from their series win and upon arrival in Delhi, the Pakistan team attended a dinner and felicitation hosted by their High Commission.Kris Jenner's sister Karen Houghton has revealed that the 57-year-old TV personality has confessed to have cheated on her estranged husband Bruce Jenner.Houghton told Star Magazine that Bruce is the nicest guy, but the, Keeping Up With The Kardashian, star has a hole in her, Radar Online reported.She insisted that she doesn't believe that the 63-year-old former athlete ever cheated.Houghton added that if the couple, who had been married for 22-years, end up being divorced, then Bruce will find someone else eventually, but Kris would be very quick to move on to someone else.Though we celebrate Janmashtami year after year, we hardly act on the message of Sri Krishna, “Leave aside all religious rituals and seek refuge only in the supreme Self.” This indeed is a clarion call to humanity at large; and thus the occasion could be celebrated by all sincere seekers for the synthesis of all religions.Aldous Huxley found the clearest and a comprehensive human philosophy in the teachings of the Gita which are meant for entire mankind. He found it to be the most systematic spiritual statement of the perennial philosophy ever to have been made. Identically, Christopher Isherwood said in the context, “God’s light dwells in the self and nowhere else. It shines alike in everything and one can see it with one’s mind steadied.”The genesis of secularism as we understand the term and as has been explained by Dr. Radhakrishnan is rooted in the teachings of the Gita. Dr. Radhakrishnan explained, “When India is said to be a secular state, it does not mean that we reject the reality of an unseen spirit or the relevance of religion to life or that we exalt irreligion. It does not mean that secularism itself becomes a positive religion or that the state assumes divine prerogatives. We hold that not one religion should be given preferential status. This view of religious impartiality or comprehension and forbearance has a prophetic role to play within the national and international life.”Krishna’s teachings are not against any religious practice. He mentioned that whosoever worships Him in whatever way he/she likes ultimately reaches Him only. But at the same time he did not advocate any religion. He was for the synthesis of the whole gamut of human spirituality. Predominantly, he taught yoga, the art of right action and attainment of equanimity which paves the way for union with the supreme Self through selfless service, divine wisdom, intense devotion or certain psychological practices.If we follow the teachings of Sri Krishna, we can be truly secular, rising above all religions and become intensely spiritual for the ultimate realisation.Kritika Kundra, 18, IInd year, B.A (P), Open School of Learning FB, parents and me: I will block my parents. Parents should be on FB, but not in my friend list.The last book I read: Five Point SomeoneThe writer you mustn’t miss: Jane Austen. I have not read all the novels written by her, but one of my favorites amongst her novels is Pride and Prejudice. I read it in school as part of the curriculum and loved it.Getting inked: It’s about being cool.School life v/s College life: School life for sure. School friends are real while college friends are fake.KTM’s Orange Days have been a hit since inception, where a large turnover, loud music and festival like atmosphere does the trick to make this racing event a crowd puller time and again.KTM’s Orange Day returns to Mumbai on October 27, 2013, at the Malad East Inorbit Mall location. KTM 200 and 390 Duke owners will get a chance to unleash their motorcycles in a safe, controlled environment as they take their bikes to the limit and compete with their contemporaries. KTM has also set up a service camp for its bikes, as well as Power Wear and Power Parts stalls.Like most Orange Days, KTM will also display its 1190 RC8-R superbike and 350 SX-f off-road motorcycle as an added attraction in Mumbai. KTM continues to reach out to its patrons in Mumbai, Pune, Baroda, Delhi, Bangalore as well as other cities through the Orange Day events, which are fast becoming a success story in India.Anti-nuclear activists opposing the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu have accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of abandoning nuclear safety of Indians, in a bid to help American companies erect a ultra-mega nuclear power plant in Gujarat. The People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy, which is spearheading the protests against the Kudankulam nuclear power plant built with Russian help, hit out against the prime minister on Thursday in the strongest possible language, dubbing him a “crime minister” for allegedly diluting the liability law to favour American companies. “This means, in case of a nuclear accident, those responsible can escape like (Warren) Anderson of Union Carbide did during Bhopal gas disaster of the 80s,” the PMANE said, describing it as a “seditious act”.“The distrusted, discredited and lame-duck Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is in the fag-end of his prime ministership, should refrain from taking crucial policy decisions and from implementing important projects, cancel his American trip alltogether and defer the nuclear decision-making to the next government,” the struggle committee of the PMANE said.Warren Anderson was the CEO of the Union Carbide when the Bhopal gas disaster took place in 1984, killing thousands of people and severely affecting thousands of others. Many believe that Anderson escaped punishment as India did not push Washington hard enough to ensure his extradition to face trial.The wondered whether Manmohan Singh was working for the people of India or for America, Russia, France and other foreign countries and their corporations.“In a characteristically bizarre, brazen and shameless manner, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has dodged the established regulations and procedures in setting up new nuclear power plants and used his handmaiden institution, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), to set up 6x1,000 MW nuclear power park at Mithi Virdi in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat,” the PMANE said in a press statement issued late on Thursday evening.It said, the mandatory viability analysis has not yet been done before setting up this ultra-mega nuclear project and this showed UPA government’s contempt for the safety and security of the people of India.Good news for the people of Tamil Nadu – Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, that has come up despite huge protests, on Tuesday morning began generating power and is expected to begin to ease the acute power shortage situation in the state. At 2.45 am on Tuesday the first unit of the 2X1000 MW power plant, generated 160 MW of electricity which was fed into the southern grid, plant officials said.Plant site director RS Sundar said in a statement, ”the First Unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP), is synchronized to the grid on 22.10.2073 at 0245 hours and generating 160 MWe. The power will be further raised to 500 MWe, 750 MWe and 1000 MWe in stages,”. “At every stage, various tests are conducted and the technical parameters are verified. Based on the results of the tests at each of the stages and with AERB clearances, subsequent stages are reached.With the addition of KKNPP Unit#1 of 1000 MWe capacity, Nuclear Power contribution in the Country will increase from 4780 MWe to 5780 MW, he said. The Kudankulam plant, he said, was the 20th Nuclear Power Station of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), connected to powergrid in our country.With this, the first of the two 1000 MW nuclear reactors erected at Kudankulam inTirunelveli district, located some 650 km south of Chennai has commenced commercial production.This unit had attained criticality in July and was undergoing a series of tests after it got permission from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board in the month of August. After initial hiccups and eliminating teething troubles, the officials of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) that is building the nuclear power project there managed to commence production on Tuesday.This is good news for Tamil Nadu as power from KNPP is expected to ease the acute power shortage situation in the state that has witnessed long power cuts for domestic and industrial consumers across the states. Tamil Nadu is expected to get roughly half the power generated from the first unit, which has a capacity of 1000 MW when fully operational. According to TN generation and distribution corporation officials, TN’s share out of the first unit would be 463 MW.As and when the power comes to southern grid from the KNPP, it would ease the power shortage to some extent, the power utility company officials said.Apparently firing a fresh salvo at his party, suspended Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh on Thursday demanded Saradha Scam mastermind Sudipta Sen disclose the names of nine people who benefitted from him and threatened to spill the beans if he did not. Amid speculation that he may soon be arrested, the journalistturned-politician was questioned for six hours by the police for the fifth time over the last 12 days, in connection with the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam.Emerging from the Bidhannagar police commissionerate, which is probing the scandal, after the marathon interrogation session, Ghosh claimed a letter purportedly written by Sen to the CBI where his name figured was actually a ??conspiracy??. ??I feel the letter that is being branded as Sen??s letter to the CBI seems unnatural. It is the script of a conspiracy. There are lots of incongruencies. Police must unearth all the this,?? said Ghosh, who was suspended by the Trinamool Congress on September 28 on disciplinary grounds. Bidhannagar Police commissioner Rajiv Kumar said that since Ghosh was the Group CEO, he used to handle many files concerning many issues.??That??s why, my officers are taking time to extract information during interrogation,?? Kumar said.Kumar, who visited the state secretariat to attend a high-level meeting convened by chief minister Mamata Banerjee, avoided a question if there was any possibility of Ghosh being arrested. Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra, Director General of Police GMP Rajasekhar Reddy and Kolkata Police Commissioner Surajit Kar Purakayastha were also present.Ghosh requested Sen to cooperate with the police. ??There are nine people who benefited from you and who had maintained contact with you. You must come out with the names. If you do not, if you have problems, I will have to make the names public.??On his arrival, Ghosh maintained he would cooperate with police to the best of his ability. Asked whether he was apprehensive of being arrested, Ghosh said, ??This entire matter is the responsibility of police. There is no scope for speculation and apprehension on my part, so on this I cannot say anything.?? On the frequent interrogation -five times since September 21, including twice when he was called from Delhi, Ghosh said it is only a ??matter of coincidence??.He evaded a response to a question whether he thought the administration was behind his recurrent quizzing sessions by police.In more trouble for Rajasthan Royals (RR) owner Raj Kundra, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is preparing to question him over his involvement in illegal betting in the IPL.A day after the Delhi Police revealed Kundra had admitted to betting, the RR management said he was a “minority (11.7%) shareholder with no involvement in the running of the franchise and would be suspended if found guilty”.The ED — which probes cases of foreign exchange violation and money laundering — is waiting for the police report. The Delhi ED would head the investigation against the British national with assistance from its Mumbai unit, which had in February slapped a penalty of Rs. 100 crore on RR owners Jaipur IPL Cricket Pvt Ltd and its foreign investors for violation of Foreign Exchange Management Act regulations."Earlier, the franchise and Kundra's company was being investigated for violation of foreign exchange rules, but now we will go deep into his personal finance details," said an ED official.The Delhi Police had on Thursday said Kundra was in touch with seven bookies and placed bets through them, often from offshore locations. On Friday, police chief Neeraj Kumar said Kundra was part of their investigation but "not its focus". Police sources also said they may quiz Kundra again and call his wife Shilpa Shetty for questioning, if there was a need.(Inputs from HTC, Delhi)Kurt Cobain thought he was gay when he was a teenager, it has been revealed.The Nirvana frontman, who committed suicide in 1994, had told music journalist Jon Savage that he did believe at one point that he was gay, Metro.co.uk reported.Cobain said that during his high school, he thought it might be the solution to his problem of feeling isolated. The rockstar said that he never experimented with it, but he had a gay friend and his mom didn't allow him to be friends with him, as she was homophobic. Cobain had insisted that it was real devastating for him, as he couldn't hang out with a male friend he had finally found, whom he actually hugged and was affectionate too, and talked about a lot of things with.Vin Diesel has confirmed that Kurt Russell will be joining the star cast of Fast and Furious 7 through his Facebook post.The 46-year-old actor posted a studio still of the Death Proof star on his social networking account, which showed him, Paul Walker, and Russell sharing concerned looks while gathered together in what looks like an auto repair shop, Us Magazine reported.The hunky star also asserted in his post that it was "an honor to work with" the veteran actor.The movie will hit the theatres on July 11, 2014.The Bigg Boss house and viewers are speculating about the ‘cozy moments’ between Tanisha and Armaan Kohli, but the latest contestant to be evicted — yoga guru Vivek Mishra, says that much more is happening between Kushal Tandon and Gauhar Khan. “Armaan and Tanisha are just friends. Sometimes when two friends come close to each other, there is physical interaction which may not be derogatory,” he says, adding, “Do you know when Gauhar had fainted during a task, she said she wanted to vomit and Kushal had taken her inside the loo. They were locked inside for fifteen minutes. We were wondering why she didn’t take a girl with her,” he says. Mishra, who took digs at Armaan and Kushal while referring to their personal lives, says that it was just a coincidence that he happened to know about both Kushal and Armaan’s partners. “Armaan is living in with Tanya Kapoor. She’s an old friend, who had tried her stint in acting. She’s a divorcee and has been living in with Armaan for a while.” Mishra says that she had asked him to see what was happening between Armaan and Tanisha. “She was a bit worried. Initially my vision was coloured by Kamya and Pratyusha, who made me believe that there is something cooking. But later, I understood that Armaan and Tanisha are just friends. There is nothing between them,” he says. About naming Kushal’s ex-girlfriend, Candy Brar, during a fight, he says, “He and Candy were dating. Kushal is a violent person. Woh maarta peetta tha. I had met him through Candy a few times. But in the house he completely denied ever having met me,” he adds. Kushal in troubleAfter a fight breaks out between Kushal and Tanisha, where he accuses her of pushing him, Kushal calls her a flop actor and threatens to leave the house if no action is taken against her. He then scales the wall and leaves. He is later brought back and subsequently nominated for eviction.Singer Kylie Minogue has confirmed her presence as a judge in the upcoming season of Britain's singing reality show, The Voice. It was earlier reported that the show bosses are trying to rope in Minogue as a judge, but she was unsure about it due to other work commitments."I'm excited to announce that I'll be coaching on The Voice UK next season," Minogue posted on Twitter, reports contactmusic.com. Minogue will join Tom Jones and Will.i.am on the judging panel."I'm very excited to become a coach on The Voice. I love the concept of the show and have been an avid viewer of both series. The search for new talent is such an important aspect of the music industry and 'The Voice' gives us all a part to play in that," she said.India’s biggest construction major, Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T), on Friday reported a 7% year-on-year rise in net profit to Rs. 978 crore in July-September due to a surging order book, especially in international operations.Analysts had estimated a net profit of Rs. 900 crore during the second quarter.Revenue grew 10% to Rs. 14,648 crore and the company maintained its revenue growth forecast of 15% for 2013-14.L&T’s order book grew 27% to Rs. 26,500 crore during the quarter as international order inflows more than doubled, accounting for 43% of its total new business,.The company is looking to boost overseas sales as the domestic economy, where it gets 80% of its revenue, slows down considerably.Bottlenecks caused by difficulties buying land and high funding costs are also deterring investments. “At the moment, investment momentum in West Asia is pretty strong, so our attention has rightly been focused there,” said R Shankar, chief financial officer.“We believe L&T is best placed to benefit from the gradual recovery in the capex cycle, given its diverse exposure to sectors, strong balance sheet and cash flow generation as compared to its peers,” said Viral Shah, analyst, Angel Broking.India’s leading construction and engineering majors including L&T and Punj Llyod are planning to make big strides in Turkmenistan by undertaking a series of high-value projects running into billions of dollars. This comes at a time when New Delhi is firming up strategic ties with the energy-rich nation over laying a $7 billion-plus pipeline to import natural gas besides negotiating stakes with Turkmen authorities in giant gas fields.L&T CEO K Venkataramanan, visited Ashgabat last month and held detailed parleys with Tukmenistan’s deputy prime minister in charge, B Hojamuhammedov and other senior officials and discussed the company’s plans to build a series of overseas oil and gas platforms in the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea, government officials in the know told HT. “L&T is hoping to win its first big order in Turkmenistan in about a month’s time, which will mark its successful foray not only into Turkmenistan but also in CIS,” a recent note from Indian Embassy in Tukmenistan to government authorities here said.The note further mentioned about the visit of Atul Punj of Punj Lloyd on the available opportunities in Turkmenistan including ones relating to the building of the TAPI gas project pipeline.“Welcoming L&T to Turkmenistan, deputy prime minister said huge opportunities await in Turkmenistan for a reputed firm like L&T,” the note said.L&T will also open its local office in Ashgabat in two-three month’s time, the note added.Officials also that L&T has made a strong bid for the supply of three overseas platforms in the Caspian for UAE-based company Dragon Oil, as well as a gas processing plant for Dragon, which is currently producing 70,000 barrels of oil (bpd) of oil in Turkmenistan. L&T has also tied-up with a Turkish Company, Ronesans, for the civil construction part of the job, they added.Besides, Turkmenistan, according to the note, is also keen that the Indian government should consider giving it a line or credit or loan as being done by China, Korea and Japan, a move that could enable Indian engineering and construction giants to do independent projects in Turkmenistan.Nearly 36% of construction projects in Saudi Arabia have been hit by labour crisis following the Gulf Kingdom’s decision to introduce a labour law, according to a report. There were 250,000 registered construction project contracts in Saudi Arabia before the first grace period to legalise expatriate workers ended on July 4.However, 90,000 of these registered contracts, belonging to various small contracting companies have since been cancelled. The newspaper quoted Raed Aqeili, a member of the National Committee in Saudi Chambers, as saying that most big projects were affected by the decision (to introduce Nitaqat law) because they relied on small companies for employment. The ‘Nitaqat’ law makes it mandatory for local companies to hire one Saudi national for every 10 migrant workers. As a result, a number of people from foreign countries who were working without valid work permits and runaways have come under the scanner.Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has extended the amnesty period for illegal foreign workers in the country by four months to November 4, bringing relief for thousands of immigrant workers, including Indians, who are yet to regularise their documents.In a shocking incident, a daily wage labourer in Chhattisgarh went on a rampage killing four women and five girls at Samri village in Balrampur district some 425 km north of Raipur on Thursday. All the nine died on the spot, said the police. The labourer identified as Pandu Nageshia (35) who works in the nearby bauxite mines, was described by the villagers and authorities as mentally disturbed. “Four elderly women in their late fifties and five girls all below five years of age were hacked to death by axe-wielding labourer in the afternoon when most of the men in the village were away from home on work. He is mentally ill and suffered from some psychological disorder. The villagers had to struggle to overpower him”, the Balrampur collector C R Prasanna told Hindustan Times. On Tuesday Nageshia had a bitter altercation with his wife who returned to her paternal home with her three children, informed the police. “The labourer was on a killing spree. It appears that the elderly women and the small children who could not flee became the victim of his barbaric assault”, the collector stated. According to the eye-witnesses, the children were playing when Nageshia rushed around in a violent and uncontrollable manner and killed with the axe who came on his way. Prasanna told that the villagers were too scared initially to catch hold him. “They threw stones at him to bring his brutal behaviour under control. He was overpowered by villagers and handed over to the police”, the officer told. The collector and the superintendent of police have reached the village.When the Bell 212 helicopter took off from Juhu with five people to Aurangabad on September 29, the weather forecast available to the pilots stated 3,000 metres of visibility with mild haze and light showers – a healthy forecast for a safe flight. Less than 30 minutes later, the chopper hit rough weather conditions.It lost its way in dense fog and rain, crashed into Naneghat hills, killing all five on board, according to the aviation safety regulator’s preliminary probe. This is not a stray case. The Rotary Wing Society of India (RWSI), an aviation think tank for helicopter operations, believes that the principal cause of at least 11 fatal helicopter crashes in India between 1990 and 2009 was inadequate weather data with pilots. “In most controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) mishaps [as such accidents are called], a pilot enters turbulent weather systems such as a dark cloud without knowledge of its density and size. As a result, they often get trapped and lose control,” said K Sridharan, president, RWSI.Independent analysis of these crashes have stated that the choppers involved were third-generation modern aircraft flown by experienced pilots and that there were major gaps in the weather information available to the crew.Interestingly, “One problem is that the available weather data is macro while helicopters operations require small details about weather en route a journey,” said Colonel Sanjeev Dubey, a retired chopper pilot with Indian Army.Helicopter operations in mature aviation economies are much safer as pilots have access to real-time data from doppler radars and automatic weather stations, experts said.“Having an automated weather operating system is mandatory in the US. It gives real time voicebased weather warnings,” said Vipul Saxena, an independent aviation expert.While the India Meteorological Department (IMD) set up its first automatic weather station at Juhu last month, its efficiency is yet to be proven. “It is a pilot project. Based on results, such stations will be set up across the country,” said Dinesh Gupta, head of IMD’s airport bureau.People are much more likely to lash out at their romantic partners over relationship conflicts after a bad night’s sleep, a new study has claimed.Researchers from the University of California have found that sleepless nights can worsen lovers’ fights. “Couples who fight more are less happy and less healthy,” said UC Berkeley psychologist Amie Gordon, lead author of the study.“Our research helps illuminate one factor that leads couples to engage in unnecessary and harmful conflict by showing that couples experience more frequent and severe conflicts after sleepless nights,” she said.While previous studies indicate that poor sleep has a negative impact on romantic relationships, these new findings shed more light on how bad sleep compromises couples’ ability to avoid and manage conflict, researchers said.“For the first time, to our knowledge, we can see the process of how the nature, degree, and resolution of conflict are negatively impacted by poor sleep,” said Serena Chen, a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley.Notwithstanding adverse Supreme Court comments, political parties would be able to offer whatever freebies they want through their election manifestos. The Election Commission has failed to find a suitable mechanism to regulate freebies offered by parties through their manifestos. “It would be difficult to regulate manifestos without curbing freedom of speech of the political parties guaranteed in the Constitution,” a senior EC official said.The commission is also of the view that imposing curbs, which the parties refuse to implement would not be an exercise worth undertaking. A suggestion to get the manifestos vetted by the commission has been rejected as it would lead to infringement of the parties’ freedom to declare public policy. Moreover, the commission believes that the voters should be the best judge on the promises made by parties. The commission had held consultations with the political parties on bringing the manifestos under its model code of conduct. Not even a single political party had agreed to the SC’s suggestion of putting curbs on announcement of freebies. The court had directed the commission to come out with guidelines to bring the party manifestos under the model code’s ambit.“It would be improper for the commission to start interfering in manifestos,” a senior Congress leader said, adding that many freebies have lead to empowerment of those who cannot afford high-cost services. The UPA government is planning to give free mobiles and tablets to the 300 million poor people across India before the next general elections. Samajwadi Party and Shiromani Akali Dal had distributed free laptops to college-going students after winning the last assembly elections.Caught in a predicament, the EC would be coming out with generic guidelines advising parties not to make announcements that are in violation of the model code of conduct and disturbs the electoral level playing field. The commission has already taken over two months to frame these guidelines.On any given international or IPL match day at the Chinnaswamy stadium, MG Road, which runs parallel to one of the entrances to the venue, will be teeming with people. Fans decked in official merchandise, hawkers trying to make a quick sale, scalpers looking to dispose of precious tickets and security personnel, all vying for space in the claustrophobic environs. At the Champions League T20 however, the setting is austere. Wide open walking space on the pavements, no waiting in queues to get in, the choice of any seat in the house (The one next to you is invariably empty). It may have the best teams from the Indian Premier League and other domestic T20 leagues across the world, but going by the dwindling attendance and the players' own admission, CLT20 simply doesn't match up to the thrill of internationals or even the IPL. Somerset's overseas player, Indian left-arm tweaker Murali Kartik, says: "CLT20 doesn't match up to the IPL or international cricket." Asked why it is being played in front of half-empty grounds, Kartik's take is, "The fans here aren't as familiar with some of the foreign teams. That could be one of the reasons. I'm very surprised, especially by the attendance for the matches in Bangalore."This year's edition has been rather subdued from the start with many big names, including arguably the biggest draw, Mumbai Indians' Sachin Tendulkar, pulling out due to injury. Coming on the back of India's embarrassing tour of England probably hasn't help matters either.Lady Gaga has stripped naked for the artwork of her upcoming single, Venus.The three artwork covers that the 27-year-old singer posted on Twitter, shows her topless with a scorpion balanced on her head in one pic, in another she is seen standing naked with a kebab where her mouth would be, while the third shows a pic of a bat, Metro.co.uk reported.The covers for her latest ARTPOP single are the results of collaboration with designer Steven Klein, who had earlier worked with Gaga on the visuals for Alejandro.The, Poker Face, hitmaker is expected to perform Venus for the first time on The X Factor.Lady Gaga has reportedly entered in a 1.25 million pound bidding war to purchase photos from Michael Jackson's horrific fire accident in 1984. The pop princess, who has made it no secret she's a devoted fan of the King of Pop, is bidding on an eight-page medical report on Jackson's freak hair-fire accident, the Mirror reported.The accident happened when the late singer was filming a Pepsi TV commercial in 80s and on the sixth take, in a special effects disaster, a firework display erupted and showered him in sparks, setting light to his hair. Now, bosses at Flatsigned auction house in Nashville, Tennessee are selling the original medical records and photos from Jackson's traumatic head injury, on behalf of ambulance driver Brian McDaniel who claimed he found them in a trash bin near the hospital where Jackson was treated in Los Angeles, California, nearly 30 years ago.Pop star Lady Gaga has unveiled a new tattoo from her recent trip to Brazil, and the inking reportedly resemble designs favoured by prisoners.The 27-year-old paid a trip to Brazilian tattoo artist Daniel Tucci during her recent trip to Rio De Janeiro, where she opted to get the word 'Rio' etched onto the nape of her neck.In a picture posted on micro-blogging site Twitter, Gaga is seen scrapping up her shaved hairstyle onto the top of her head to reveal the inking, which a fan had designed for her, reports contactmusic.com.Daniel, who owns King Seven Tattoo parlour in Copacabana, said: "Gaga came to me and said she wanted a tattoo that looked like something done in a prison - edgy, grey, I suppose a bit scary.""She wanted a design that a fan had given her, the word 'Rio' where the letter 'I' was the Christ. She told me she wanted it to look like a prison tattoo, not a nice design, a bit shadowy."'Like something done in prison,' was the term she used,?? Daniel added.Lady Gaga was spotted wearing a yellow belted trench-coat under a long-sleeved fur bolero and a giant pyramid covering her head outside the Ritz Carlton hotel in Berlin. The 27-year-old actress, known for her odd attires, had an inverted triangle, which looked like being made from matted blonde hair, balanced on her head with a gold bar placed over her chin and giant fur sleeves resembling an animal draped over her shoulders. There were even two tiny eyeholes pierced through the mask, but the singer still held onto a man's arm for guidance, the Daily Star reported. The, Applause hitmaker, who was there to promote her latest album, Artpop, had worn her favourite skyscraper heeled boots with the bizarre outfit.On the opening day of Lakmé Fashion Week, strong shows by Nikhil Thampi, Ranna Gill, Anita Dongre and Gen Next set the tempo for the four days to follow. The previous night, Manish Malhotra opened the event with a relaxed, wearable diffusion line. Here are our picks. Sheer pleatsNikhil Thampi's Kathakali motifs are set to be a new rage, but what caught maximum attention was the all-net pleats in his saris. Very daring, very modern and definitely made to stand out! Skirt over pantsPayal Singhal took the layering trend further by putting flowy skirts on top of pencil trousers. Team with a crop top (still very much the in thing), pulled-back hair and funky jewellery for maximum effect.BandhaniMostly seen in the sari cupboards of Gujarati women, Anita Dongre took Bandhani out for a spin in her Jantar Mantar-inspired collection. Gota work took the print to another level. This trend is easy to follow. CleavageAt the opening show on August 22, the usually conservative Manish Malhotra displayed some very deep V-necks. On Day One, Nikhil Thampi took the same route with plunging necklines, made more risqué with cut-outs at the waist. What we don’t likeShilpa ReddyThe show had enough bling to have us reaching for our sunglasses, but the piece de resistance was the designer herself. The last model took to the ramp in a maroon net lehenga with some seriously bejewelled leggings underneath and a mask to match. Then as the designer's name was announced, the model calmly took off her mask and walked the ramp again… this time in her capacity as designer.From a colossus who strode the cricketing world with an arrogance and conceit befitting a dictator, Lalit Modi has been consigned to history's dustbin. His tragedy is not just of a man kicked out of power by those who once kissed the turf he graced. It is a tragedy in which no one, not even the man who once called him "Moses of cricket", would dare to shed a tear on his demise.Audacious, daring men like Modi, who mock at the rule-book, yet conquer the world, are a rarity, unlike a majority who cringe before such men, bartering even their self-respect and dignity for the larger good of their bank balances.For me, this dramatic episode is more interesting not for what it reveals of men like Modi; it is interesting for what it speaks of those who were part of his coterie, admiring and supporting every step of his decision-making, and who have now dumped him without even an inaudible sigh of regret.When rats leave a sinking ship, self-preservation is their motive. When men in our cricket board desert a man, it is in the hope of greater self-aggrandisement. It has happened in the past, it will happen in the future. It is a constant which nothing has been able to change, not even a wave of protests from the public, which is increasingly demanding probity and accountability from our "rulers", be it in the sports arena or in politics.The Indian cricket board is one of the best examples of what ails our society, where money, power and patronage are used to remain at the helm. These are men who are a law unto themselves and occasionally find scapegoats to deflect attention from their collective misdeeds.If there are allegations and even genuine suspicions of widespread possibility of "fixing" in the sport, hang a Sreesanth and some extras in the cast. If the administrators are under a cloud, then a Modi comes handy for them to show their resolve in rooting out the corrupt elements from among themselves. And in this world, no one is a permanent hero or a villain. It is all a matter of convenience. This is a snake-and-ladder game which has been going on for decades. Yesterday, it was Jagmohan Dalmiya, today it is Modi. Tomorrow it will be???Jailed RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, sitting JD(U) MP Jagdish Sharma and former MLA RK Rana on Tuesday appeared through video conferencing before a special CBI court in another fodder scam case in Ranchi. The statement of a prosecution witness, Jay Narayan Prasad Verma, was recorded in the case pertaining to alleged withdrawal of Rs. 39 crore from the Chaibasa Treasury in the 1990s by producing false bills.The court of Sitaram Prasad fixed November 18 as the next date for examination of the witness by the defence, Prasad's counsel Prabhat Kumar said. Prasad, Sharma and Rana had appeared through video conferencing from jail before the special CBI court of Sitaram Prasad in a separate fodder scam case yesterday.The three accused would again appear in the case pertaining to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 97 lakh from Deogarh Treasury in the 1990s, on November 12.After being sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment in a fodder scam case on October three, Prasad faces four more cases relating to alleged withdrawal of funds from different treasuries during his regime in undivided Bihar.Forty-five of 53 cases of the fodder scam have ended in conviction with a few acquittals by the special CBI courts set up to try the Rs. 950 crore Animal Husbandry Department scam, better known as fodder scam.Barring one convict, who was sentenced to ten years in prison in a case, the others mostly received prison terms of up to seven years.Former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra, who was admitted to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences soon after being convicted in the case, was yesterday referred to the AIIMS.Mishra was sentenced to four years rigorous imprisonment on October three.Making a scathing attack at Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar for playing down the defeat in Maharajganj by-poll, RJD president Lalu Prasad today said he should quit as people had rejected his governance."Nitish Kumar had told the people during campaigning in Maharajganj that if they are satisfied with his governance they should vote for NDA else do not. People have rejected him by voting against JD(U) candidate showing they are not satisfied with his rule," Prasad told reporters.Prasad was reacting to Kumar's statement that RJD had merely retained the Maharajganj seat which was with them in the last general elections.The RJD chief asked Kumar to quit as people had rejected his governance.Prasad said, "Nitish landed here this morning with heavy heart due to defeat in Maharajganj and does not have an answer to this humiliating drubbing." On Kumar questioning jubilation of RJD after victory in Maharajganj, the RJD supremo said he was turning a blind eye to the fact that things had been changing fast against him in Bihar ahead of 2014 Parliamentary elections.RJD candidate Prabhunath Singh has defeated JD(U) P K Shahi by over 1.37 lakh votes in Maharajganj bypoll. The bypoll was necessitated due to death of RJD's Umashankar Singh. With this the tally of RJD again goes up to four in Lok Sabha.RJD supremo Lalu Prasad on Friday asked his party workers to reach out to the people and strengthen the party, a day after he was sentenced to five years imprisonment in the fodder scam."We met our leader. He asked us to go to villages and establish contact with the people and strengthen the party," RJD's Jharkhand unit spokesman Manoj Kumar said here.Asked how their leader was in jail, Kumar said, "Absolutely normal. He spoke normally."In Patna, at its first public meeting after the conviction of party supremo, the RJD swore loyalty to him.Prasad remained the focal point of speeches made by the RJD leaders who took a pledge to take up the issue of their leader's conviction and remind people he was a flag bearer of rights of the poor and downtrodden.State unit chief Ramchandra Purve described Prasad as an ideology and not a mere person and said that his charisma would continue to guide the party in its endeavour for electoral success in the general elections next year and the assembly polls a year later.Purve claimed that Prasad would come out unscathed after getting justice from the higher courts in which both the party and the incarcerated leader had full faith.At the same time, he said, his party would fight against those who had conspired against Prasad.Party workers who attended the meeting painted their bodies with the message 'Main bhi Lalu...Tum Bhi Lalu..Pura Bihar Lalu'.Prasad's wife and the former chief minister Rabri Devi and her eldest son Tej Pratap Yadav were not present at the meeting.As former Bihar chief minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad was disqualified from the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, his wife Rabri Devi said the disqualification would not impact the party as it stood united. The RJD leader and former chief minister also expressed interest in renewing the party's alliance with the Congress.“The party and its supporters have come together after the RJD president’s detention. He may have been barred for 11 years and cannot stand for elections, but he will be around to actively campaign for the party,” said Devi. Prasad was disqualified from the Lok Sabha following conviction in the 17-year-old fodder scam on October 3. He has been sentenced to five years of imprisonment.“The only realisation, in retrospect is, that we should not have left the UPA coalition in 2009,” Devi said.“We would be very interested in tying up with the Congress for 2014 polls, and even otherwise, would support it from outside.”Senior RJD leader Ram Kripal Yadav said Prasad's disqualification was a setback for the party, but that the party would remain strong.“We are certain that the party is far from breaking. Instead, it will be strengthened, as supporters feel he has been famed by the Opposition,” he said.“His absence could take the edge out of our campaign. But it is more likely that it would result in a wave of sympathy for us, which will help the party.”However, both Yadav and party spokesperson Manoj Jha said the situation could be reversed significantly if the party chief’s appeal against the verdict was upheld in the high court or even if the verdict was shot down in the future.“Prasad could contest elections again in the future. We are sure to get justice from the superior courts,” Jha said.It’s not yet clear who would replace Prasad as the party’s nominee from the Chhapra parliamentary seat, where the RJD has held sway for decades.Asked if Devi could the next candidate from Chhapra as supporters in Saran have been demanding, she said, “That decision will be taken later.”Putting an end to the uncertainty over the disqualification of MPs Lalu Prasad and Jagdish Sharma, both convicted in the fodder scam case, the law ministry has asked the Lok Sabha secretariat to immediately declare their seats vacant.The ministry’s advice, based on the opinion of top law officer, attorney general GE Vahanvati, has come on queries posed by the Lok Sabha secretariat on whether MPs can be disqualified before their appeals are finally decided by higher courts.In a related but separate development, the Rajya Sabha secretariat has set in motion the process to declare the seat of veteran Congress MP Rasheed Masood, who was convicted and sentenced to four years imprisonment in a 22 year-old graft case last month.Vahanvati, whose opinion was sought twice within a week on the tricky subject, has made it clear that following the July 10 Supreme Court judgment, mandating immediate disqualification of MPs/MLAs convicted for offences punishable with more than two years in jail, there is no scope for any interpretation based on a hypothetical future scenario.“The question of conviction and sentence being stayed by a higher court while hearing an appeal is not relevant at this juncture. It can be addressed separately as and when that stage arises, at the moment immediate disqualification is the law and it can’t be postponed for any reason,” the AG stated.He has cautioned the Lok Sabha secretariat that any delay in disqualifying the convicted MPs could lead to “non-compliance of the Supreme Court judgment.” The respective House to which the concerned member belongs will notify the declaration of vacant seats.Former Bihar chief minister Lalu Yadav has become prisoner number 1528 at Birsa Munda Central Jail, where he has been imprisoned after being sentenced to five years for cheating and other charges in a Rs. 950-crore fodder scam. Within a fortnight, he will also be assigned a task he is supposed to perform as per rigorous-imprisonment norms.Before being allotted this permanent numerical identity, he had been given a temporary number, 3312. Another former Bihar chief minister, a co-accused in the case, Jagannath Mishra, will be identified by the number 1529, said acting jail superintendent Virendar Singh.The new numbers were allotted after the sentence documents reached the jail authorities on late Friday night from the court.All three convicted and jailed in the fodder scam have been lodged as inmates of the upper-division cell or the VIP area of the jail.However, as per the Bihar Jail Manual, followed in prisons in Bihar and Jharkhand, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief may not wear the black and white striped jail uniform.Mishra who is currently lodged at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), a state-run hospital, has been informed about his identification number by jail authorities and of his sentence by his counsel."During the 15-days, as per the jail manual, we observe the psychological aspects of a convict and whether they have acclimatised to the jail environment. Accordingly we assign them a job," said Singh. He added the same procedures would be followed in the case of Lalu and the others sentenced in the fodder scam."A job is decided once we are confident that a convict has accepted the jail life," Singh said.Lalu being a law graduate from Patna Law College and an honorary doctorate from Patna University, speculations are rife that he might be asked to teach other prisoners. But that might not come to fruition as the manual says VIP prisoners cannot interact with non-VIP inmates for security reasons.Lalu will earn Rs. 46 per day. A portion of his daily income will be deposited with the Victims of the Offence Welfare Trust.Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief LaluPrasad apparently knew that he would be sent to jail in the fodder scam. A few days before reaching Ranchi for the judgment, he formed a core committee with 15 party leaders to take decisions in consultation with him in case he was sent to jail.The members were carefully chosen to represent various sections, caste and community.“Yes, he had the strong feeling that he would be convicted and sent to jail. Hence, before coming to Ranchi for the verdict, he did his home work well, especially with regard to the day-to-day party affairs,” said a senior RJD parliamentarian. Lalu’s son, Tejaswi Yadav has been stressing that the question of selecting a new leader doesn’t arise as long his father is alive. “We will collectively steer the RJD-ship until our popular leader gets justice and walks out of the jail,” he had said to a query on selecting the party’s acting chief.“He will continue to guide us and keep giving orders from the jail. There are no charges against him. He was rather a whistle blower in the case and was the first authority to initiate a probe. He is innocent and shall remain our supreme leader,” Tejaswi said.Having being sentenced to five years of rigorous imprisonment, the RJD chief naturally stands disqualified from the membership of Lok Sabha. Prasad represents Bihar’s Chapra constituency in the Lok Sabha.“We will appeal in the high court and am sure we will get reprieve,” Tejaswi said.Party general secretary Ram Kripal Singh said in Ranchi after the verdict that everyone in the party was mentally prepared for the adverse verdict.Jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Thursday filed a criminal appeal petition before the Jharkhand High Court challenging the order of conviction and sentence of a CBI court in the fodder scam. The court is likely to hear the petition on Friday. Lalu would have to wait till October 25 if the court does not take up his case on Friday (October 18) as the high court has designated Friday of every week as the day for hearing cases related to the fodder scam.The former Bihar chief minister apart from seeking review of the lower court’s judgment has also sought bail for his release from jail through the petition. Lalu, in his petition, has out rightly rejected the lower court’s verdict claiming it to be “wholly void”. Lalu stated that the CBI has implicated him in the case on the charges of “prejudice” that he let the scam perpetrate right under his nose knowing everything about that.However, the agency has yet to furnish evidences to prove his prejudice or complicity. He has alleged that the “conspiracy charges” are orchestrated one and a well thought out one hatched by many conspirators. “All the accused are not party to a single conspiracy. The case must fall on this ground alone,” he argued. He also claimed that the examination of accused under Section 313 of the Code of Criminal Procedure during the trial was defective.A CBI Court in Ranchi on September 30 had convicted Lalu and 44 others in the fodder scam case RC 20 (A)/96 and on October 3 had sentenced him to five years of rigorous imprisonment. Lalu has been serving the sentence since conviction at the Birsa Munda Central Jail here.Besides, the RJD chief, 24 other convicts of the case also filed petition in the high court including former Bihar minister RK Rana.Grounds taken by Lalu in his appeal petition: ? The trial is ‘wholly void’ ? No evidence to prove ‘prejudice’ that he let the scam perpetrate right under his nose knowing everything about that. ? ‘Conspiracy charges’ are orchestrated one and a well thought out one hatched by many conspirators. ? Examination of accused under Section 313 of the Code of Criminal Procedure during the trial was defectiveRJD president and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, sentenced to five years in jail in a fodder scam case, faces security threats as he leads a life of comfort as a prisoner, Jharkhand Police has said.The special branch of Jharkhand Police has alerted the jail administration about Lalu Prasad's security. "Lalu Prasad may face a security threat, and should be given adequate security in the jail," an official of the special branch said, expressing concern. Lalu Prasad has been kept in the upper division of the jail, where he is separated from other prisoners. He has also been provided all facilities extended to VIP prisoners -- a separate bedroom, a mosquito net, cot and other facilities. There is also a TV set in the cell, and he is allowed to watch Doordarsan news and read newspapers every day. "Jail authorities have been asked to keep a proper vigil on the security of Lalu Prasad. We have also informed police in Ranchi about the need for heightened external security of the jail," a source from the Birsa Munda Central Jail told IANS.Jail sources say there are two counts on which security for the former Bihar chief minister is a concern: First, he receives many high-profile visitors; second, Maoists are among the prisoners in the jail.The jail sources say scores of people meet Lalu Prasad each day. Some visitors are high-profile, like Jharkhand Tourism Minister Suresh Paswan and Water Resources Minister Annapurna Devi, who belong to the Rashtriya Janata Dal. The RJD is a partner in the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-led coalition government of Chief Minister Hemant Soren.Former union minister and Ranchi Congress Lok Sabha MP Subodh Kant Sahay was also among those calling on Lalu Prasad in jail. Lalu Prasad reportedly spends a few hours each day in the chamber of the jailor, meeting people and discussing various matters. He is also reported to have issued some jail officials veiled threats. A Public Interest Litigation has been filed against the comforts that Lalu Prasad is allowed in jail. "As per the jail manual, relatives can meet a prisoner once in 15 days. Jail manual 1001 says there should be no political discussion in the jail. Lalu Prasad meets around 100 people, including political leaders, everyday. He holds political discussions in jail," said Rajiv Kumar, the lawyer who filed the PIL.Setting in motion the process of disqualification of former Bihar chief minister and Lok Sabha member Lalu Yadav and Rajya Sabha member Rasheed Masood, the CBI has formally informed the secretariats of both the houses about their conviction and sentencing in cases prosecuted by the agency. “It is a formal communication from the agency informing the presiding officers of both the houses about Lalu and Masood,” said a senior CBI official requesting anonymity.A similar communication for another Lok Sabha member Jagdish Sharma was underway as he has also been convicted and sentenced for four years along with Lalu in one of the fodder scam cases.Masood was held guilty of fraudulently nominating undeserving candidates to MBBS seats allotted to Tripura in medical colleges across the country in 1990 by a Delhi court. The case was investigated by the CBI. The Election Commission has already indicated that it is not going to hold a bye-election to fill the vacancies arising out of disqualification of Lalu and. But since Masood is Rajya Sabha member, his case may necessitate a bye-election.Lalu appears in courtJailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Monday appeared before a special CBI Court through video conferencing in Ranchi. Lalu appeared before special judge Sita Ram Prasad in connection with case RC 64 (A)/96 related to fake withdrawal of `90 lakh from the Deoghar treasury.Almost two decades ago RJD chief Lalu Prasad was party to the Rs. 950-crore fodder scam. In 2013, when the law has finally caught up with the former Bihar chief minister, he is set to earn an honest salary of Rs. 46 every day in his jail job.A portion of his daily income at the Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi would be deposited with the Victims of the Offence Welfare Trust.Although, the task to be assigned to Lalu after 15 days in jail (as per rules) has not been decided, it is speculated that he would be teaching other inmates the fine art of politics.The former Bihar chief minister has a bachelor’s degree in political science, is a law graduate from Patna Law College and has an honorary doctorate from Patna University.“During the 15-day period, we observe the convict and see how they have adapted to the jail environment. Accordingly, we assign them a job,” said Singh.The jail manual, however, bars VIP prisoners from interacting with non-VIP inmates for security reasons.Being a VIP prisoner, Lalu may not have to don the jail colours — black and white — but he has already been assigned a number — Qaidi No. 1528 — his only identity for all purposes while in jail.He was earlier assigned temporary identity of Qaidi No. 3312.Another former Bihar CM who has been jailed in the same case, Jagannath Mishra was allocated prisoner identification number 1529. The new numbers were allotted after the sentence documents reached Birsa Jail authorities late on Friday night from the court.Mishra is currently lodged at the state-run Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) hospital.From being a pioneer in social engineering to emerging as a management guru of sorts, RJD chief Lalu Prasad transformed after taking charge as the Railways Minister in 2004. After having ceded political turf to Nitish Kumar’s JD (U) in the 2005 state elections, Prasad set about to prove he was much more than just some country bumpkin.Putting his best ‘management’ foot forward, Prasad launched the air-conditioned ‘Garib Rath’ trains with the lowest fares in the class. He did not hike passenger fares, but permitted a ‘super-fast’ surcharge on passenger fares. He initiated ‘Tatkal’ ticket scheme and levied a ‘development’ surcharge on passenger fares. When he demitted office in 2009, Prasad claimed to have left behind a surplus of `90,000 crore. His successor Mamata Banerjee, however, contested these claims. “He never interfered in operational matters and was always open to new ideas,”, then Chairman Railway Board JP Batra said.Incidentally, Prasad’s image makeover did not translate into political dividends. “The metamorphosis in his personality was too radical and unacceptable to his constituents. His visits to Bihar during the period were few and far between. His opponents started calling him a non-resident Bihari during the period”, one RJD member said.RJD president Lalu Prasad's legal troubles stemming from the fodder scam are not about to end even if he gets relief in superior courts in the Chaibasa treasury case that earned him a five-year jail term on Thursday. Five more cases pending against him are in various stages of trial.After the conviction and sentencing, Lalu remains an accused in five cases of the 55 filed in connection with the Rs. 950-crore animal husbandry department scam - commonly known as the fodder scam - in undivided Bihar (before Jharkhand was carved out). Of these, four are in Ranchi (Jharkhand) CBI court, while one is with the Patna (Bihar) CBI court.Legal experts believe legal procedures will swamp the maverick politician because the cases in the Ranchi CBI court - in different stages of trial - would come up one after another.A fodder case involving misappropriation of Rs. 139.35 crore from the Doranda treasury is at prosecution evidence stage. The court is yet to examine 336 prosecution witnesses.In another case involving fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 33.13 crore from Chaibasa treasury, 19 prosecution witnesses including two investigating officers are to be examined.Similarly, the main investigating officer in another case involving misappropriation of Rs. 3.13 crore from the Dumka treasury is being examined by the court.The trial in a case related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 90 lakh from Deoghar treasury has reached an advanced stage. Only three additional prosecution witnesses remain to be examined. After the closure of the prosecution witnesses, the court will hear the defence witnesses.The case before the CBI court in Patna relates to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 63 lakh from Bhagalpur treasury.Lalu was acquitted in disproportionate assets case - an offshoot of the fodder scam - lodged in Patna.A culinary ‘know-buddy’ who made a political career out of Lalu Prasad’s legendary fondness for non-vegetarian delicacies, is devastated to learn the jailed RJD chief has again turned vegan.“Sahab has again gone back to purely vegetarian food. He has little use for my services now,” said Anwar Ahmad, who was once known as the ‘kebab mantri’ in Lalu’s kitchen cabinet.Denying that he actually cooked with or without secret ingredients, Ahmad said he got cooks from the old city to prepare Lalu’s favourite mutton and fish dishes.In the 1990s, Lalu even rewarded Ahmad with a stint in the Bihar legislative council.“All I can do under the circumstances is to pray to god for Sahab’s early release,” said Ahmad, recalling with a touch of pride how Lalu couldn’t have enough of the mutton dishes he supplied to 1, Aney Marg, his official residence as Bihar chief minister, from 1990 to 1997.Ahmad said Lalu was also extremely fond of fresh water fish so much so that he used to rear several varieties of them in a small pond on the premises of his official residence.While Ahmad remains reticent about his culinary relation with Lalu, an RJD leader who witnessed Ahmad’s rise from his humble Subzibagh origins said he had a reservoir of secret curry pastes he added to Lalu Prasad’s favourite dishes.“He never revealed the ingredients,” the leader said.Ahmad’s reach to gourmand Lalu suffered a setback in November 2001 when, during his incarceration in a Ranchi jail in connection with a fodder scam case, the RJD chief vowed to shun meat.Years later, Lalu confessed Lord Shiva visited him in his dreams and told him everything would turn out fine if he gave up eating meat and fish.“I rushed to a Shiva temple on the jail premises and vowed to heed his directive. A few days later, I was released on bail,” he said.Lalu did not touch non-vegetarian food for almost eight years.“A day back, I had fish and chicken. I really loved them,” he told reporters in Patna on July 4, 2009, adding, he had requested Lord Shiva to forgive him for breaking his promise.RJD leaders close to him said his recent troubles with the law over fodder scam cases had once again prompted him to turn vegetarian.A CBI court on Monday convicted Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad and 44 others in the fodder scam case that will eventually decide Bihar politics. He stands disqualified as a Lok Sabha MP. Political reactions started pouring with the RJD assuring that the verdict will not be a blow to the party.Lalu Prasad's younger son and his preferred political heir, Tejaswi Yadav told media that they will challenge the verdict in the high court.He said, "My father has been a victim of a political conspiracy. He is innocent. We will appeal against the judgement and will give a befitting political reply to his opponents." Commenting on the verdict, senior RJD leader, Ashish Ranjan Sinha said, "We respect the court's verdict, but it is not a blow to RJD."(With agencies input)In a strategic move, the jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad has approached different CBI courts in Ranchi urging them to take him in judicial custody in four other fodder scam cases pending against him.Lalu was convicted by the CBI court on September 30 in one of the five cases lodged against him. Now lodged in the Birsa Munda Central Jail, Lalu was on Thursday sentenced for five years in jail. Prasad has filed separate petitions in four fodder scam cases—RC 64 (A)/96, RC 68 (A)/96, RC 47 (A)/96, RC 38 (A)/96—pending in different CBI courts. Admitting Lalu’s petition, the courts took him in judicial custody in these cases also.Legal experts said Lalu made the tactical move because once taken in judicial custody in these cases the period he would now remain in jail would be finally deducted from the ultimate punishment he would get if convicted in these cases.Lalu’s lawyer Prabhat Kumar said before conviction his client had already served 288 days at different times. “These 288 days would be finally deducted from the five years imprisonment he had been awarded after conviction in RC 20 (A)/96,” Kumar said.At least eight people were killed and 11 are missing, while 25 others sustained injuries in Mizoram on Saturday, when nine houses were swept away in a massive landslide, officials said. "Incessant rains for the past one week caused nine houses to be swept away in huge landslides at Laipuitland localityinAizawlearly Saturday morning, killing eight people on the spot," a police official told reporters. The 25 injured were shifted to a government hospital; a search is on for the missing 11 people. Security personnel and volunteers were searching the debris for missing people, although there are apprehensions that they may have died. Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla and other ministers have visited the accident spot and the hospital where the injured are being treated.A large number of villages have become inaccessible after the landslides. The rain has continued since Saturday, and highways are blocked. "The landslides also blocked the Champai Road (in Saiha district in southern Mizoram) connecting Aizawl city with the Mizoram-Myanmar border," a Mizoram relief and rehabilitation department official said.According to the official, Kolasib district in northern Mizoram was the worst hit with more than 150 houses badly damaged and four people seriously injured in the cyclonic storms.Electricity supply was badly disrupted in many areas of the mountainous state.The Met Offices in Agartala and Aizawl on Friday predicted more rain and cyclonic storms in the next 48 hours. The rains have been accompanied by thunder and lightning.A court in Sri Lanka on Monday extended till October 28 the judicial remand of 23 Indian fishermen from Kottaipattinam and Rameswaram arrested for allegedly crossing into the island waters. Oorkavalthurai Judicial Magistrate Mahindhira Raja passed the order extending their remand, President of Nesakarangal Charitable Trust and Pamban Fishermen Organisation S Armstrong Fernand told reporters here quoting information received from Sri Lanka.19 fishermen of Kottaipattinam in Pudukottai district were arrested with their four boats on September 19, while others with their one boat on October three by Sri Lankan Naval Personnel for allegedly entering their territorial waters and lodged in Jaffna prison.A Lao Airlines plane carrying 44 people from the capital Vientiane to the southern town of Pakse crashed killing all on board on Wednesday, a Thai foreign ministry spokesman said.Laos officials informed Thailand that the plane carrying 39 passengers and five crew went down around eight kilometres (five miles) from the airport in Champasak province in southern Laos, said Thai foreign ministry spokesman Sek Wannamethee."I can now confirm, according to our reports, that all 44 people on board have died, including five Thai," he told AFP. An official at the South Korean embassy in Bangkok told Yonhap news agency that three of their nationals were also among the dead. Pakse is a hub for tourists travelling to more remote areas in southern Laos.A Lao Airline official in Vientiane confirmed the crash, but was unable to provide further details of casualties. She told AFP that the plane had set off from Vientiene on time at 2.45pm (0745 GMT) and was supposed to arrive in Paske just over an hour later.Thailand's English language Bangkok Post reported that the plane had crashed into the Mekong River in bad weather at it tried to land at Pakse airport.It said the crash had occurred at 4pm local time (0900 GMT).Pictures on Thai television showed a small plane, half submerged in the river, with what appeared to be bodies lying on the banks.A spokesman from aircraft manufacturer ATR in France confirmed the crash and told AFP that the state-owned Lao Airlines flight was one of its twin-engine turboprop ATR-72 planes. He said Lao Airlines has a fleet of six ATR-72 planes.An official at the Vietnamese Embassy in Laos told AFP on condition of anonymity that all on board the plane had been killed.Founded in 1976, the carrier operates a fleet of ATR-72 turboprop, Airbus A320 and Chinese-made MA60 planes, serving domestic airports and destinations in China, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, according to its website.It has a chequered safety record.Eight people died when a plane operated by the airline -- then called Lao Aviation -- crashed in remote mountains in the northeast of the country in October 2000.Students of the Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University started their unique mentoring initiative on Monday, with seniors teaching the freshers about filing Right to Information applications. And putting their newly acquired knowledge to good use, some of the students filed applications demanding details of the state government’s much-touted laptop distribution scheme-what configuration has been used in the laptops, their cost, break up of purchase, distribution and number of gadgets yet to be given away as well as criteria for selecting beneficiaries. The session was organised for first year students by the university’s Legal Aid Committee and Care About People Foundation. It started off with senior students Rishabh Kapoor, Akansha Tiwari and Piyush Raj Verma introducing the basic features of the Right to Information Act, 2005. Thereafter, the floor was left open for freshers to clarify their doubts, after which students were asked to fill out RTI applications on any issue of their choice.Apart from the laptop scheme, many questions were directed to development authorities of the student’s native cities and pertained to issue like the maintenance of community parks, roads and other projects.One student sought information on the contribution of the Indian railways to the GDP of the nation and how much revenue it had generated for the government in last five years. Students also sought information on a number of projects being run by the government for cleaning of the Gomti river. In all, more than 70 application were filed which shall be processed and fine-tuned by the Legal Aid Committee before being sent to various departments.The name of the person whose RTI is found to be most well drafted would be announced as the winner and he or she shall be given preference during induction to the committee.Bal Thackeray & The Rise of the Shiv SenaVaibhav Purandare Roli BooksRs 350 pp 288The Shiv Sena has inspired awe and been accused of intimidation. Much of this is thanks to the larger-than-life image of its late chief Bal Thackeray. Often derided as a group comprising misguided youngsters, the Shiv Sena did once come to power in Maharashtra in 1994.It has also been in the saddle in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, one of the largest civic bodies in Asia, for several years now. How did Thackeray, a cartoonist at the Free Press Journal, manage to achieve what he did? Vaibhav Purandare's well-researched book provides the answers to these questions with the help of facts, figures, statistics and quotes from both, the Sena's friends and foes.The book cites the work of researchers and authors like Mary Katzenstein, DK Lakdawala, VS Naipaul, Dipankar Gupta and others to show how the Sena's work in the slums and its ambulance service especially endeared it to people and highlights how Marathi natives did actually occupy proportionately fewer jobs when Thackeray took up the issue. It also cites several cases when the Sena didn't cast the first stone, literally or metaphorically.For instance, it was the sudden refusal of cinema houses in Chennai to screen Hindi films in 1968 that gave Thackeray the chance to exploit the issue in Mumbai. Purandare also examines how the provocative statements of leaders like YB Chavan, the first CM of the state, who called Nehru greater than Maharashtra and opposed the idea of a unified Maharashtra with Mumbai as its capital, helped the Sena strengthen its struggle.It's interesting to note that the same Thackeray could address a poll rally for Congressman AR Antulay and get rivals George Fernandes and Sharad Pawar to join him in lambasting the Congress from Shivaji Park! Even while he did this, he was all praise for Indira Gandhi's Emergency.As PM, she had described the Shiv Sena as a 'threat to the unity and progress of the country' but when she died, Thackeray called her a 'jewel on earth, a gift of gods, a Maha-maata!' The book notes that Thackeray had acquired cult status in Maharashtra as was clear from the millions who gathered for his funeral -- an honour that only BG Tilak and BR Ambedkar were accorded during their last journey.If Thackeray was hero worshipped by followers, he was also a hate figure for many. But whatever their feelings, no one could ignore him for the impact he had on Mumbai, Maharashtra and the Centre. The book neither glorifies nor condemns Bal Thackeray. It demystifies him and the Shiv Sena. This makes it a book that, like its subject, cannot be ignored.(Ranjitt C Khomne is a senior journalist and publishing professional)Astronomers have discovered the largest known structure in the universe - a group of quasars so large it would take 4 billion years to cross it while traveling at speed of light.The immense scale also challenges Albert Einstein's Cosmological Principle, the assumption that the universe looks the same from every point of view, researchers said.The findings by academics from Britain's University of Central Lancashire were published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and reported on the society's website on Friday.Quasars are believed to be the brightest objects in the universe, with light emanating from the nuclei of galaxies from the early days of the universe and visible billions of light-years away."Since 1982 it has been known that quasars tend to group together in clumps or 'structures' of surprisingly large sizes, forming large quasar groups or LQGs," the society said.This newly discovered large quasar group has a dimension of 500 megaparsecs, each megaparsec measuring 3.3 million light-years.Because the LQG is elongated, its longest dimension is 1,200 megaparsecs, or 4 billion light-years, the society said.That size is 1,600 times larger than the distance from Earth's Milky Way to the nearest galaxy, the Andromeda."While it is difficult to fathom the scale of this LQG, we can say quite definitely it is the largest structure ever seen in the entire universe," Roger Clowes, leader of the research team, said in a statement. "This is hugely exciting - not least because it runs counter to our current understanding of the scale of the universe."Clowes said the team would continue to investigate the phenomenon with particular interest in the challenge to the Cosmological Principle, which has been widely accepted since Einstein, whose work still forms the basis for much of modern cosmology.Do you travel with a posse the size of a baseball team? Or do you just like to travel in style -- high style? At 22,600 square feet, the Royal Suite at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi is being billed as the largest hotel suite in the United Arab Emirates and comes with a private movie theater, game room, spa and sauna, and outdoor swimming pool.Unveiled last week, the suite spans 22,600 square feet or 2,099 square meters and takes up the top two floors of the resort’s west wing at a price tag of $35,000 USD a night (130,000 AED).Guests are greeted with a Steinway grand piano in the living room, and sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf. Earth tones of beige, sand, teal and blue are used to decorate the suite and evoke the hotel’s sea and desert surroundings.The dining room also seats 12, and meals can be catered through the hotel’s butler service. The royal suite at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi. Photo: AFP/Karen BleierAfter descending the elaborate winding staircase, guests arrive at the master bedroom which takes up the entire lower floor and includes an expansive walk-in closet, dressing area, spa, sauna, and ocean-facing bathroom with double shower and bathtub.Meanwhile, the royal penthouse suite at the Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland is also known as being one of the largest and most luxurious suites in the world with 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, a fitness center, Steinway grand piano and private elevator. The private terrace alone clocks in at 1,680 square meters. The cost for one night’s stay? About $65,000.And the Maharajah’s Pavilion at the Raj Palace in Jaipur also spans 1,486 square meters (16,000 square feet) and comes with a private lounge bar, rooftop pool and jacuzzi, spa, library and a private museum housing a collection of royal artifacts. The royal suite at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi. Photo: AFP/Karen BleierIf you consider yourself a part of Mumbai’s live music scene, you have to know who Bling Uncle is”: this is what I was told a few years ago, when a veteran from the circuit shared stories (even myths) of the man called, Bling Uncle. Some say he has attended a gig every night of his life; others say he was born in a nightclub. All I know is that there’s rarely an event in town that he isn’t spotted at. Dressed in bright headgear, shutter shades and a heavy dose of bling, he is what his moniker says he is — full of swagger and the uncrowned ambassador of the city’s nightlife. Unfortunately, Bling Uncle, or Mahavir (his real name) isn’t very happy these days. His single relationship status has been coming in the way of his dedication towards partying. His reason, and a very valid one, is simple: stag entry isn’t as easy as it used to be. He has been doing his bit by wearing T-shirts announcing his requirement for a female partner. Then, earlier this week, someone put his search up on the Internet. The YouTube video called ‘Mahavir needs a wife’ shows Bling Uncle, in an orange cap and sunglasses, devouring a cup of ice cream, when a voice asks him, “How’re you doing Mahavir? Enjoying your ice cream?” To which, he says, “I need a wife.” He then shares his phone number and further describes his need: “I like going to the club, dancing to trance and techno music and she should also like the same. I don’t want somebody homely, sari-clad (laughs). Somebody who can give me company, get me couple entry in the clubs like F.Bar.” He adds, “Anybody in distress also, I will get married to her. Maybe depressed or maybe in a situation like Jiah Khan, where you are pregnant, you don’t want to drop the child and the boyfriend deserted you. I will give the child my name. Even if you’re not dancing, you just give me company so I can go to the big, big clubs like China House, LIV and F.Bar and Tryst...” When you start watching this video, you’re half expecting it to leave a grin on your face — something that Bling Uncle’s zest for life always does. Instead, it does the opposite. It gives you a reality check (and not in the best manner). But what it also does, is give you a glimpse into the life of this unrelenting spirit who refuses to give up on Mumbai’s nightlife. And that right there is what makes him, and in turn, this city so endearing.I know this city will be more than happy to have more of him lighting up the scene for the next generation, so I do hope Mahavir finds a partner. But this search of his should not be called a ‘cause’. Those promoting his video may have done so with good intentions, but he’s not a project, really. He’s just another person looking for someone to dance with. Aren’t we all?The two wickets by James Franklin in the 19th over set up victory for Mumbai Indians, according to skipper Harbhajan Singh who also praised Lasith Malinga for his haul of four wickets against Somerset in the semifinals of the Champions League T20 tournament on Saturday.Mumbai Indians, who made 160 for 5, won by 10 runs, but not before surviving some anxious moments as Somerset came within shouting distance of winning before losing four wickets in the last two overs."It was a better wicket than what we played on earlier. We batted quite well except for in the middle overs. Pollard, Sathish Rajagopal and Suyra Kumar Yadav scored important runs at the finish."Malinga and Franklin bowled fantastic two overs. I asked Franklin to bowl the 19th over because he was bowling the right length and he had bowled a lot in the nets. It paid off," said Harbhajan.His counterpart Alfonso Thomas was obviously disappointed, but preferred to look at the positives as his team came through the qualifying competition to reach the semifinals."I thought we could win, but it was quality bowling by Malinga. What can you say? As for our team, a few youngsters came through. We take back fond memories," said Thomas.Man of the Match Malinga said: "I knew that the first three overs were important and I did my best and took two wickets. In the last over, I tried some variations and they worked, but Franklin took two wickets in the 19th and I knew that 15 off my last over would be difficult."Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar has been honoured with the first Yash Chopra Memorial Award for her contribution to Hindi cinema.She was presented the award by Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari at a function here last night. Lata, who has been unwell for the last three days, made it a point to attend the function where industrialist-politician T Subbarami Reddy, who produced Hindi films like Vijay, Chandni and Lamhe, announced a national award in the memory of the legendary filmmaker."I am unwell since three days... I have fever and doctors have asked me to take rest and not go out anywhere. But I wanted to come here... I have not come here for the award and Rs. ten lakh. Yashji was special and close to my heart... We did not meet always but we were close as we loved each other," Lata said, adding she felt sad as she could not meet Yashji before his demise last year.Chopra's wife Pamela was also present and became emotional while talking about her late husband. "I am honoured and privileged to be here. She (Lata Mangeshkar) is an icon and we are happy she got the award. She is close to my husband... my family. I am grateful to her to come here for my husband despite being unwell," Pamela said.A number of Bollywood celebrities including Sridevi, Boney Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Anil Kapoor, Jeetendra, Rani Mukerji, Hema Malini, Akshay Kumar, Subhash Ghai, Simi Garewal, Sonali Bendre to name a few attended the event.Lata Mangeshkar is the first recipient of the award constituted by TSR Foundation of T Subbarami Reddy. "In our first year, we are giving this (award) to Lata Mangeshkar for her immense contribution to cinema. She was very close to Yashji and she has sung for almost all his films," said Reddy, also a Congress leader.Yash Chopra (80) died in Mumbai on October 21 last.India's nightingale Lata Mangeshkar grows a year older Saturday but she will not celebrate the day with fanfare. Lata is no mood for celebrations. "Recently, my elder sister Meena's husband passed away. And before that my younger sister Asha lost her daughter Varsha. This has been a bad year for the family. Even outside the family, there's so much happening that is not right. I see no reason to celebrate," said the 83-year-old. However, one hears that Lata's brother Hridayanath Mangeshkar has planned a very special homage to his sister's timeless voice in the form of a marathon eight-hour concert in Pune. It is entitled Didi Aur Main. The concert will have various musicians and singers paying musical tribute to the voice that has defined feminine beauty on celluloid for six decades. Lata said: "I've heard about the concert. It is my brother's way of showing his love for me. I won't be there at the show because if I am present the singers would feel very self-conscious."Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is receiving a posthumous Grammy for his technological innovations in the arts.Jobs is among a dozen people, music groups or companies receiving honorary awards Feb. 11, the day before the Grammys. He died of cancer in October.The Grammys are honoring Jobs with one of the group's Trustees Awards, citing the late Apple boss' advancements that "transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books." Grammy organisers called him a "creative visionary" for Apple Inc. innovations that include the iPod, iPhone and iPad.Others receiving honorary awards the day before the Grammys include Diana Ross, the Allman Brothers, Glen Campbell, Antonio Carlos Jobim, George Jones, the Memphis Horns and recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder.Buzz has it that the hunkalicious John Abraham is all set to have a grand entry in Anees Bazmee's 'Welcome Back'. The director has spent Rs 3 crore on a song that will introduce the actor in the comedy. It has been shot at a popular suburban studio in Mumbai. "Anees bhai wanted to do something special with the song. He and Anu Malik have worked extremely hard on it and wanted it to be shot in an elaborate manner," said producer Firoz A. Nadiadwala in a statement. "Right from the beginning, we had planned to shoot John's introductory song on a grand scale. We had 700 junior artists and dancers and the song was shot for over seven days," he added.A sequel to the 2007 hit Welcome, Welcome Back is slated for a 2014 release.Experts have claimed that a good laugh can boost your sex life and help you live longer.Psychologist Stephanie Davies said that it’s also the key to looking young and losing weight.Her book, Laughology: Improve Your Life With The Science Of Laughter, is out on June 27 and reveals the many ways in which laughter can improve your life, the Sun reported.There is nothing sexier than someone who can make you laugh. Why do you think Russell Brand has ladies queuing up to become his next conquest?But laughter and humour are much more than aphrodisiacs. Studies have shown that they have a profound effect on our brains and bodies.They can make us healthier, they can help us make better decisions and they can help us cope with challenges.Laughter floods our brains with special chemicals – happy hormones, that make us more positive, outgoing and sociable.Laughter and humour have also been shown to make us fitter and even look younger.A good belly-laugh gives our bodies a workout and if you dose yourself up on laughter and happiness, you can even shed pounds.Research has discovered that laughing hard for just ten or 15 minutes a day can help you shed several pounds a year.Laughter activates muscles around the body, from the tummy to the shoulders, and other studies have shown that a good laugh has the similar effect of a ten-minute session on a rowing machine.A study in the US also found that people who watched funny movies showed changes in levels of hormones regulating their appetite.Laughter also works on the mechanisms in the brain that make us eat too much of the wrong things.There is a major link between our emotions and the food choices we make.Many of us turn to chocolate or junk food when we are down, tired or stressed. We call it comfort eating.Laughter can act as a distraction to the cravings we experience before reaching for the Dairy Milk because it causes the brain to release serotonin, a hormone sometimes described as nature’s appetite suppressant.This powerful chemical curbs cravings and makes you feel satisfied even if your stomach isn’t full.Laughter is the best anti-ageing secret there is.It increases blood flow to the face, makes eyes sparkle and reduces stress, which has an effect on skin tone and its elasticity.The less stressed you are, the clearer your skin and the fewer wrinkles you get.A group of lawyers on Thursday thrashed the man, who along with his son, was charged with raping his 25-year-old daughter continuously for nine years. The victim had made the stunning revelation at chief minister’s Janata Darshan on Wednesday and within minutes both the accused along with the mother were arrested.The accused was attacked while the police brought him to a city court. He was somehow rescued and sent to jail along with his son. The girl’s mother, who allegedly was aware of heinous act, was also sent to jail. All the three accused were produced before the court of additional chief judicial magistrate-IV Kamlapati Ram. They all pleaded not guilty but the court sent them to judicial custody for 14 days. They had earlier confessed the crime in police custody.Earlier, a group of lawyers surrounded the three accused and thrashed them when they were taken to the courtroom in police custody. The angry lawyers said that no advocate should take up the case of such people.Shiva Shukla, station officer (SO) of Mahila Thana, said the investigation in the case was on. She said some more IPC sections could be added in the FIR if the girl’s allegation that parent used to give her contraceptive pills and other medicines was proved in the medical examination.The girl had alleged that she had infections in vital organs due to medicines given by her father and brother. The girl’s father is a fitter at one of the locomotive workshops of the railways while the brother is a sale representative at a garment showroom.Former Test batsman VVS Laxman believes the current Indian cricket team is hungry for more success and backed the hosts to triumph over Australia in the upcoming limited-over series."There are lot of talented cricketers in the Indian side who are eager to perform. The upcoming Australia series at home will be a good test for them. I think India are favourites to win the series. They have the fire power to do it," Laxman told reporters at an award function in Gurgaon on Tuesday night.India will be playing Australia in a seven-match ODI series preceded by a T20 encounter at Rajkot on October 10.Laxman, who retired from international cricket last year, was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sports Illustrated India's annual sports award ceremony on Tuesday.On the return of Yuvraj Singh to the national team, the Hyderabadi said the stylish left-hander's comeback was just a matter of time."Yuvraj's return was expected. He is such a class player. You can't keep him out for long. He has lot to contribute to the team. He worked hard on his fitness and reaped benefits during the India 'A' series and the Challenger Trophy," Laxman said."I am sure India will gain with his presence in the Australia series," he added.The Patna high court on Wednesday set aside the conviction of 26 persons, 16 of them awarded the death sentence, in a 16-year-old case of massacre of 58 Dalits in a Bihar village.The court acquitted the 26 of all charges for lack of evidence. Two of those awarded death are since dead while a third is absconding.Suspected members of the Ranveer Sena, an outlawed upper caste militia, had killed the 58, including 27 women and 10 children, in Jehanabad (now Arwal) district’s Laxmanpur-Bathe on December 1, 1997. In 2010, a trial court had sentenced 16 persons to death and 10 to life. “We are of the view that prosecution witnesses are not reliable, so all convicted persons are entitled to the benefit of doubt,” the HC said. “It appears efforts to track the assailants… met a dead end and the first investigating officer thought it appropriate to implicate these appellants...”In the first public rally in Bastar after the Maoist attack on a Congress motorcade, party vice- president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday expressed concern about the safety and security of common people in Chhattisgarh under the BJP’s rule.“When the Congress leaders are not safe, how can the common people feel secure here?” the Congress leader asked.While addressing the Adivasi Adhikar Mahasammelan organised by the state Congress at Lal Bagh ground in Bastar district, he said the killing of Congress leaders Nand Kumar Patel, Mahendra Karma and VC Shukla was an attempt to silence the voice of common man.In an audacious ambush at Darbha valley on May 25, Maoists killed 27 persons including 20 Congressmen. “Patel told me that the Congress will never lose the (upcoming) election and his thoughts reflected the feelings of the people of Chhattisgarh,” Gandhi said. He added that after the incident, he realised that Patel was killed to silence the emerging voice of Chhattisgarh. “So, I rushed to Chhattisgarh even at 1am even though I was told not to go,” Gandhi said, as the crowd applauded.Earlier this month, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addressed a huge gathering from the Red Fort’s replica at Ambikapur in north Chhattisgarh. Comparisons were drawn by many between Modi’s ‘Lal Qila’ speech and Gandhi’s Lal Bagh address.Without naming anyone, Gandhi said there are some who believe the country can be run only by two or three people. “But we think the country is ruled by the common man. And the Congress only thinks about the rights of the people,” he said while spelling out the schemes that the UPA government has introduced in its nine-year rule.He mentioned the right to education, right to information, NRHM, food bill, MGNREGA and the tribal-oriented Land Acquisition Act. “When land is taken from the rich, it is bought, but when it comes to the poor and adivasis (tribals) their land is grabbed,” he said.Gandhi exhorted the youth to come forward to participate in politics. Attacking the BJP government in the state, he said they had failed to execute development commensurate with ‘huge’ funds released by the Centre.After Gandhi finished his speech, the crowd waited to catch a glimpse of him as he walked along the security barricades towards his bullet-proof vehicle. Around 1500 personnel were deployed in and around the venue for security. The BJP, which won 11 of 12 seats in the Bastar tribal belt in 2008, closely monitored Gandhi’s visit and his rally.The Congress in Mizoram has a nationalistic approach but focuses more on local issues with the geographically disadvantaged state banking heavily on farm economy. The Mizo National Front (MNF) often plays up the Christian card and claims to have a support base of former rebels. But the aura around legendary revolutionary Laldenga -- who became chief minister after the Mizo National Front (MNF) signed a truce in 1986 -- is wearing off. The Mizoram People’s Conference offers a middle path between Congress and MNF but its capability to lead is yet to be tested.A look at leaders, who will matter in the forthcoming Mizoram assembly elections.The forthcoming Google Nexus 5, manufactured by LG, is set to be larger and more powerful than the Nexus 4 and will feature 4G connectivity, according to what is claimed to be a user manual that was reportedly leaked and posted on the Android Police website. The smartphone is expected to hit the market by the end of October 2013.The 280-page user manual lists the specifications of a device with the code name LG-D821 and bears the "Nexus" logo in some images.The smartphone in question is equipped with a 4.95" screen (1080p) and a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Available in 16GB or 32GB versions, the device would include 2GB of RAM, an NFC chip, an 8MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, and a 1.3MP front view camera.In terms of connectivity, according to the leaked manual, the Nexus 5 is compatible with Bluetooth, wi-fi and 4G LTE. The device also features a wireless charging solution and the latest version of Android 4.4, dubbed KitKat.According to TechRadar, the LG Nexus 5 could hit the market at the end of October 2013 for around half the price of the most recent iPhone (around $450 for the 16GB version).Another day, another leaked image or snippet of information about the iPad mini. As more and more stories emerge, the only questions that remain are when the iPad Mini will make its debut and how much it will cost.The latest images, posted by the Twitter feed @SonnyDickson, shows that the iPad will have a rear-facing camera and will synch to other devices and power sockets via the lightning connector that debuted on the iPhone 5 in September.Rumors of this product have been rife across the internet and broadsheet newspapers alike for most of this year, with the Wall Street Journal that Apple has already ordered its component makers to produce 10 million devices for the final quarter of 2012.While competition has been growing since the launch of the company's first iPad back in 2010, Apple is still the market leader. The success of Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire HD tablets prove that there is definitely a market for a smaller, more portable tablet -- so the only question is whether or not Apple will be able to compete on price as well as quality. Both the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire retail for less than $200 whereas the cheapest iPad is currently $399.PHOTO CREDIT: SonnyDicksonOlympic bronze medallist pugilist MC Mary Kom feels that girls should avoid to go at risky places in the night hours and should know the self-defence techniques to save themselves from the anti-social people. Mary Kom arrived in the city on Tuesday to participate in Shikhar Khel Alankaran Samaroh, which was awarded by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.“I feel very sad when I listen about rape incident. I have no words to explain my feeling but I want to say one thing that girls can protect themselves by being cautious. They should avoid going at risky places and more than this self-defence is very important for girls,” she added. Talking about her success, five time world champion MC Mary Kom said when I started boys used to laugh at me. They feel that girls can’t be a boxer but instead of getting demotivated, I took it as a challenge. I proved it by winning five titles in the world championship. I want to give credit of my success to my husband who always supported me.Extending her words in the interest of girls, Mary Kom said, “I want to request to all families who feels that girls can’t achieve success after marriage. They can achieve success at any point of time so people should not stop their daughters and daughtersin-law in doing something.”About her planning to shift from Manipur to Bangalore, Mary Kom said, “My family will shift to Bangalore for the future of my children. As Bangalore is a nice place for study. But I will remain live in Manipur and try to develop more Olympians from my boxing academy. Manipur government is supportive and I don’t have any issue in the Manipur.”About the movie on her biography, Mary Kom said, “When the director had approached me for the film, I get surprised. But now, I am excited to see my life in the cinema. I have given script to the directors.” She kept mum when it was asked that how much money she is charging for film. MC MARY Kom said, “In India, there are very few senior boxers who are performing well at international level. Within a few years, we will have more boxers who will hopefully win medals for the country at international level. Supporting the leagues format, MC Mary Kom said, “The introduction of boxing league will help in promoting boxing in India. It will increase the level of competition in India. I think it’s a good thing and association should introduce it.”India reacted sharply on Wednesday to the reference to India-Pakistan ties in the joint statement issued by US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Hu Jintao. Tuesday’s joint statement had said the US and China “support the improvement and growth of relations between India and Pakistan”.The role of any ‘third party’ in bilateral matters between India and Pakistan “cannot be envisaged, nor is it necessary”, a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.“India is committed to resolving all outstanding issues with Pakistan through peaceful dialogue,” the MEA said. “We also believe a meaningful dialogue can take place only in an environment free from terror.” Defending the joint statement, US Ambassador to India Timothy Roemer said: “I think that is a positive statement.” But former foreign secretary Kanwar Sibal termed it “ill-timed” and “ill-considered”, and said it disregarded Indian sensitivities. “It tries to project China as a country that can play an important role in South Asia,” he said.Strategic affairs expert K Subramanyam, however, noted that the US and China have interfered in South Asia many times in the past and “this joint statement is nothing new”.1 Durban, South Africa: It is beautiful and a lot of Asians stay here. It lies on the coast and offers great views of huge ships.2 Lefkosia, Cyprus: After the collapse of the Berlin Wall, this city was the only divided capital in the world and was shared by Cyprus and Turkey, with the southern and the northern portions divided by a Green Line. It is located near the centre of the island.3 Dumraon: My ancestral village, my father and grandfather were born here. In fact, the legendary Ustad Bismillah Khan was born here just three houses away.4 Victoria, Australia: There is a small place near Melbourne where everyone dresses up as if they are getting ready to shoot for the Titanic.5 Ayai Napa, Cyprus: This spot has beautiful clear waters that everyone loves. It is a small island and fresh fried fish is always on offer at the local restaurants.In what can be seen as a first concrete effort to project a third alternative to the voters for the 2014 general election, the four Left parties have organised a convention against communalism to attract partners. A senior Left leader told HT, “This effort, obviously, also looks to strengthen the political ties. Our primary target is to stop poaching of political parties from the non-BJP, non-Congress camp.” The convention, slated on October 30 at the capital’s Talkatora stadium, aims to discuss the rising cases of communal violence in the country, particularly in north India, said sources. But to strengthen future efforts to stitch an alliance against the Congress and the BJP, the invitee list also includes two key players outside the north Indian political mainstream — J Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK and Naveen Patnaik’s BJD. While the convention is set to see Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav share dais with the Left after a long time, more significance is attached to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. The JD(U) leader has already confirmed his participation for the meeting where top Left leaders like CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat, politburo member Sitaram Yechury and CPI veteran AB Bardhan would participate. Significantly, while SP chief is again set to hold the hands of the Left after dumping them unceremoniously over the Indo-US nuclear deal in 2008, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu is missing from the list of invitees.“Naidu has almost decided on a partnership with the BJP. We are looking forward to rope in a more significant political force in Andhra Pradesh like Jagan Reddy’s YSR Congress,” said a leader. The Left’s initiative also has little space for Trinamool Congress and BSP. While the Left has successfully dashed Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee’s Third Front dreams, it values the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh more than its arch rival BSP.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: The Left has a “negative mindset”. CPI chief A.B. Bardhan: Yes, the PM is right. This mindset saved the country. Firepower returned to the Left-Congress slanging match on Saturday, the first time the Prime Minister and top Left leaders snapped back at one another on a single day since they broke up over the nuclear deal in July last year. “Yes, the Prime Minister is right. We did play a negative role and we are proud. These negative activities have been responsible for protecting India’s economy and sovereignty,” CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan said, releasing a joint appeal for an alternative government. While launching the Congress manifesto, Singh’s jibe at the Left was: “When countries want to embrace India and the world wants India to move forward, parties like the CPI(M) wants to abrogate the nuclear deal.” CPI(M) chief Prakash Karat retorted: “We did not offer support to the Congress so that the Prime Minister could strike a nuclear deal with the US.”Bardhan then attacked the PM for singling out the CPI(M): “The Congress wants to isolate the CPI(M) and attack it. Truth is, the Left stands united.”As if on cue, he then bandied about the Left’s role: “They wanted to privatise banks. Yes, we negated it. They wanted FDI in retail to kill Indian businesses. Yes, we negated it. The Prime Minister has finally admitted to our role that protected this country.”The Congress manifesto accused the Left of violating “discipline, restraint and sobriety so very essential for running a coalition smoothly”. Bardhan said the Congress had violated the very common minimum programme. The Congress manifesto also accused the Left of strengthening the BJP by breaking away from the Congress. Karat’s response: “The Congress has failed to fight the BJP in all states, whereas in all Left-ruled states, the BJP doesn’t even have a single MP.”Prakash Karat sent out a clear message to UPA allies that seeking the support of the Left alone was futile. The Left, he said, is not alone; it is part of a 10-party front. Any talks would have to include the entire bloc. The CPM Politburo member, also clarified that the Left is not amenable to supporting a government that includes the Congress. Almost all the key Congress allies, including NCP, RJD and LJP, had reached out to the Communists on Thursday, saying their help would be crucial in forming a “secular” government. Karat dribbled the ball all the way back to the UPA allies’ court, saying, instead, there could be a non-Congress government, with Congress extending “outside support”. This gives a clear idea of where Karat’s focus will be after the polls — on negotiating with UPA allies to persuade the Congress for outside support.Asked if the Left was under pressure to join back the UPA to keep BJP out, Karat asked: “What pressure? Don’t forget we have a pre-election alliance. We will go with our allies.”NCP chief Sharad Pawar had said the UPA would need blessings of the Left to form the next government. Karat sought to remind the UPA allies that the Left was part of a bloc of 10-odd parties and they would have to negotiate with the Third Front as a whole.Persuading the entire Front would obviously be much more difficult and, worse, Karat dropped no hint of any change in the Left’s goalpost: a non-Congress, non-BJP government.“The Left cannot be isolated. We will not abandon our allies. Whatever decision (on government formation) we will have to take we will only take jointly,” Karat said. By ruling out supporting a Congress-led government again, Karat in way tried to woo UPA allies.Tripura, the Left Front's last fortress in India, is apparently well guarded. But the assembly elections on February 14 have become crucial for the communists after the fall of West Bengal and Kerala in 2011. One of India's smallest and remotest states, Tripura has been a red bastion since 1978 except for a term (1988-1993) when the Congress was in power. The political ripples in this north-eastern state jutting into Bangladesh had hardly perturbed the rest of the nation.But things are different this time. The focus on Tripura has sharpened because of the return of the Congress-led United Democratic Front in Kerala and the Left Front's ouster by the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal two years ago. The Congress ironically has borrowed the Trinamool slogan of 'poriborton' (change) to deny the CPM-led front a fifth straight term. The former, however, hardly has any issues with which to batter the Left Front government that has been a top-five performer vis-a-vis schemes for the poor.Even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had while campaigning for the Congress in 2008 publicly acknowledged Tripura as among the best-governed states in India."Much of the development is on paper. And Tripura is too far away from New Delhi to ponder over the excesses the CPM cadres commit," said senior Congress leader Ratan Lal Nath, seeking re-election from the Mohanpur assembly seat.But even the staunchest of critics agree that the last 10 years have been the most peaceful for Tripura. The state was witness to violent tribal militancy in the 1980s and 1990s, the most gruesome being the massacre of 255 Bengali Hindus in June 1980.Nineteen tribes comprising 30% of Tripura's population resent the political dominance by Bengalis, most of them settlers after Partition in 1947.The Left Front is confident of beating anti-incumbency and retaining its last bastion. The confidence is attributed to chief minister Manik Sarkar's 'star' value and clean image.The son-in-law of a Samajwadi Party legislator and close associate of party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, was shot at in the Uttar Pradesh capital Friday night, police said Saturday. The manescaped unhurt. Sameer, the son-in-law of member of legislative council Buqqal Nawaab, was driving past a shopping mall in the posh Gomtinagar area, when unidentified assailants opened fire at his car.While two bullets hit the car, Sameerwas unhurt."The assailants were in a car and I could not recognise them," he told police. Sameer said he was into a litigation with some people and suspected they could be behind the attack.Tutu divineHappy New Year! We start with a high kick this Saturday, January 3, at Siri Fort at 6 pm, with a performance of the ballet classic, Don Quixote by the Navoi Opera and Ballet Grand Academic Theatre of Tashkent. This is grand old Russian ballet and the Navoi is one of the only three theatres that was given the status of Bolshoi (meaning ‘big’) in the erstwhile Soviet Union. The artists of the Navoi Theatre Company have graced the great stages of the West like La Scala in Milan, the Paris Opera, Covent Garden in London, and the Bolshoi and Maryinsky theatres in Russia. Their repertoire ranges from classical favourites such as Swan Lake and Don Quixote, to new creations inspired by old Uzbek folk tales.These are some of the best dancers in the world and they are performing in India thanks to the persistent N Ramji, who owns a Chennai-based travel agency. Last heard of he was organising Aishwarya Rai’s shoot in Brazil and in his other persona, he’s the Secretary of the Most Venerable Music Academy, Madras.Such a grand ballet (by a troupe of 50 dancers and a 50-member philharmonic orchestra) is happening here after 40 years. Hurray for the Uzbeks, who bring Asian fire to the steely and expressive ‘Russian back’ in ballet. NSD TheatrefestThe 11th Bharat Rang Mahotsav (January 7-19) begins at Kamani at 5:30 pm on January 7 with Awagha Rang Ekachi Zaala directed by Ashok Samuel (Marathi, 145 minutes). The schedule has plays in Bengali, Assamese, Malayalam and other bhashas plus, as always, a glimpse of world theatre.Some highlights: January 8: Main Istanbul Hoon directed by Mohan Maharishi at Kamani, 7.30 pm and Layla-Majnu by Ramgopal Bajaj, Hindi, 140 minutes at Abhimanch at 9.30 pm.January 12: Water Lilies directed by Gowri Ramnarayan, English, 90 mins at Sanmukh, at 2.30 and 6 pm. January 13: The Days of Adel, by Isaac Benabu, Hebrew, 80 mins. Plus plays from Pakistan, Poland, Czechslovakia!Nihon notesOn January 6 at the India International Centre, 6.30 pm, catch western classical music by Nobuyoki Mizuno (horn), Mie Matsuoka (piano) and Kyoko Saburi (violin), three musicians of note from Japan.Historical sites are scattered in the state of Madhya Pradesh. From forts to ancient centres of learning to monuments, these places are intrically related to the historyof the state. One of the places that the travelers must visit is Gwalior. It was established in the 8th century AD and namedafter Saint Gwalipa. The city is dominated by its hill-top fort, of the mostimpressive in the world. Rajput valour and chivalry are redolent in the very stones of 15th century palace of Raja Mansingh, located in the citadel. The fort also houses the teliu-ka-Mandir, and ancient temple. Gujri Mahal located at the foothill of the fort has one of the finest meusems of sculpture in the country. Other two impressive places in Madhya Pradesh are Orchha and Shivpuri. Tourists from all over the world make it a point to visit these places. Orchha lies at distance of hundred and twenty kilometers from Gwalior. It is a medieval city frozen in time and space, existing even today as it must have in the 16th and 17th centuries, when it was built. It was fiounde3d in the 126th centuryby the Bundela king, Rudra Pratap. The landscape of Orchha is dotted with palaces and fortress, ruling temple and cenotaph. The architecteure is a synthesis Indian and saracenic and ornate Mughal styles. Shivpuri is the former summer capital of the Scindias of Gwalior. In Bhopal the Shaukat Mahal, situated at the entrance to the Chowk area is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The Madhya Pradesh Sate Archaelogical Museum, situated near Banganga road in Bhopal has a fine assortment of 12th century Jain bronzes. It has also a series of stone sculptures mostly from the 6th to the 10th centuries. Bharat Bhavan at the capital Bhopal has a museum of tribal art which gives a representative picture of the crafts of these woodmen. The Rajwada palace in Indore is a majour tourist attraction. The seven-storeyed palacebelonged to Holkars is nearly two hundred years old. A tour of Madhya Pradesh could appropriately end at Khajuraho. Tourists who take a glimpse of the spectacular architecture of Khajuraho aare filled with awe and reverence. Truly the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh offers the ideal tourist package.The mausoleum housing the remains of Russian communist leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin reopens here Wednesday after repairs that fixed the "sinking" foundation and restored the original lighting, authorities said.The mausoleum is located in Moscow's Red Square.The Federal Guards Service (FGS), charged with protection of top officials and certain federal properties, said the mausoleum was closed to public in September 2012 as experts were concerned about the leaking roof and unstable foundation of Moscow’s top tourist attraction.Lenin’s Tomb has not undergone major repairs in over 80 years."All the renovation work has been done by the end of April, but the opening was postponed until after the Victory Day parade on Red Square [on May 9]," FGS spokesperson Sergei Devyatov said Tuesday.The mausoleum’s foundation has been reinforced with 350 piles around the perimeter of the monolith block, the official said. "The repairs also included water-proofing of the upper level of the mausoleum and restoration of the original lighting of the upper-level colonnade."During the repairs, Lenin’s body stayed enclosed in its normal sarcophagus inside the building, which was covered with a giant inflatable dome to ensure protection from potential damage.Lenin died Jan 21, 1924 but, despite his stated wish, his corpse was embalmed and placed in a specially-built mausoleum on Moscow's Red Square.Over the years of Soviet rule, crowds of Soviet citizens and foreign tourists and officials visited the shrine. However, proposals that Lenin's mummy should be removed from the heart of Moscow arose immediately after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.According to most recent public opinion polls, almost half of Russians believe that Lenin’s body should be removed from the mausoleum and buried at a cemetery.Russian President Vladimir Putin said in 2010 that the time when the Russian people decide on the fate of Lenin's mummy is still to come, adding that history shows a strong dislike for haste and disturbances.The Miix 2 might not boast an iPad's build quality but at just $299 it is cheaper than any Apple tablet and offers the full desktop version of Microsoft Windows 8.1.When Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced earlier this week that the cost of consumer electronics devices was set to tumble thanks to the latest generation of Intel processors, he clearly wasn't exaggerating.The Lenovo Miix 2 is an 8-inch full Windows tablet with optional stylus support. Though not in the premium band, the IPS display offers an 800x1280 pixel resolution and a 178° viewing angle. Inside, there's an Intel Bay Trail quad core processor, and up to 128GB of storage, plus a microSD slot for a further 32GB of expansion. It has front (2 megapixel) and rear (8 megapixel) cameras, weighs just 350g and even comes with the Family and Student edition of Microsoft Office pre-installed."Many users want the convenience of a smaller screen tablet, but do not want to lose the performance and convenience of a powerful, quad core Windows 8.1 device. With the Lenovo Miix2 8-inch, users can take advantage of a small, light form factor without sacrificing performance," said Bai Peng, vice president and general manager, notebook business unit, Lenovo Business Group.But perhaps most impressive is the price. At just $299 it is cheaper than most notebook computers yet, when paired with a wireless keyboard offers the features and functionality of a computer.The Miix 2 will launch later this month and as well as upgraded internal storage, will also be offered with an optional cover and stylus at extra cost.Leonardo DiCaprio's new flame, Kat Torres has revealed that she has a pact with the movie-star to not talk about their relationship in the media. The 24-year-old model confirmed that she and the, Great Gatsby, star had shared a house during his stay at France for the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, Contactmusic reported. The Brazilian bombshell also added that it was a completely different scenario in Europe where people spotted them together in many places and hence did not sense the need to ask them anything.China, the world’s second largest and fast growing automobile market, despite the recession, has ordered more cars off Beijing’s roads for the sake of blue skies and clean air.Beijing counts the number of blue-skies over the city as a measure of days with good air quality. Last year, when the capital hosted the Olympics after years of environmental cleanup, there were 274 blue-sky days compared to 100 a decade ago when the blue-sky campaign was launched. While New Delhi looks to China for pointers on hosting the Commonwealth Games next year, it is worth tracking how a radical traffic restriction experiment works out in Beijing this year. This week, officials announced that one out of five of Beijing’s 3.6 million private vehicles would be kept off the roads from 7 am to 8 pm on weekdays from April 11 to April 2010. The rules don’t apply to public vehicles and emergency services. The plan is a modified continuation of previous transport experiments to improve traffic and air quality for the Beijing Olympics held last August. Almost half of Beijing’s private vehicles were not allowed on the roads on alternate days during the Olympics, according to a plan based on vehicle license plate numbers. Officials later said that pollution levels for August fell to a 10-year low. Post-Olympics, the scheme was modified to restrict 20 per cent private vehicles. Beijing is already less smoggy and the skies indeed look blue with 73 ‘blue-sky’ days recorded from January to March. But it’s not clear whether the blue-sky days are increasing because of just the traffic restrictions or the entire gamut of clean-air measures including factory closures in effect since the run-up to the Olympics.Long working hours affecting your partner’s nap time may just cost you your love making time, or so an American study claims.Researchers recruited 60 students and asked them to complete a survey about their interests in sex and commitment both before and after a night of sleep deprivation. Findings showed that after a good night’s rest, both men and women rated the sexual intent of women as significantly lower than that of men. However, following one night of rough sleep, men’s rating of women’s sexual interest increased significantly. The women, meanwhile, didn’t alter their answers, even after losing a night’s sleep.“Sleep deprivation could have unexpected effects on perceptual experiences that could lead people to engage in sexual decisions that they might otherwise not when they are well-rested,” said Dr Jennifer Peszka, a professor at the college.One day, while strolling in the garden near my home, I caught sight of some people throwing stones at a tree. They were wearing protective clothing including gloves and masks. As it turned out, they were trying to remove a honeybee hive.They lit a fire to scare away the bees. Some of the bees were burnt while the remaining flew away. I left the scene feeling sad that thebees were evicted out of their home.A few days later, I returned to the garden and found that the bees were back on the tree. This time they had built their hive on the top of the tree, away from the human eye. A resident of the area told me that the hive had been removed from the tree several times but the bees returned the next day.I wondered whether I had wasted my time pitying the bees. This occurred to me because if there??s one thing that I??ve learned about life, it??s that one shouldn??t pity those who know how to overcome obstacles in life. The bees had passed through hardships and had bravely surmounted them.As I paused to watch the bees, I realised that there was much that men could learn from these small creatures. They may be small in size but their persistence, tenacious spirit, single-minded focus, unity and hard-work can be a lesson to all of us. Yet, many of us choose to look at their ferocity, ignoring the fact that they sting only when sufficiently riled, in self-defense.In some cultures, it??s believed that if a yellow honeybee buzzes past you, it??s a sign of good luck. For some people, bees are sacred as it??s believed that the purpose of bees?? labour in all they do is their devotion to God. And, who can forget what they give us ?? honey!The matrix of life has many more puzzles than one can realise. If we approach the illusion of suffering and conflict with a playful insight, it would be far easier to transcend moral dilemmas and understand the whys and why-nots, even if momentarily.Both good and bad times bare the nuances of life lived, events experienced and decisions made. While happy expressions remind us of God’s benevolence and grace, tough interludes lend a revelatory meaning to all that is positive and pleasant and veers our inclinations towards better ends, more productive actions to be fruitful in the long run.In the words of Khalil Gibran, “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive souls are seared with scars.Suffering teaches empathy, tolerance and patience. It yields benefits when taken in the right spirit. People suffer all over the world in one way or the other. It’s only a matter of time before people face problems, which if left by itself become larger with time. Whether natural or unnatural, the cause often has very little to do with the painful effects that impact the individual irreversibly.Like making a list of all the splendid gifts bestowed on us, including health, family and money, it becomes imperative for us to explore our own limitations, weaknesses and faults. That coupled with the ellipses — in behaviour — ours and that of others across various situations enables deeper introspection and self-correction.By being attached and detached at the same time, we can enhance our understanding of the ironies and confounding intensities in our lives. Whether it is struggle for freedom, survival or overcoming fear, we must not forget that what matters is that we learn from such reflections of adversity; and therein lies true victory. The day we realise this ‘truth’, we are on the way to be better human beings because that is one of the ways of the art of living.LeT bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda, arrested in a 1997 bomb blast case, was on Thursday sent back to judicial custody by a Delhi court after he was produced in court by the Hyderabad Police. Additional Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma sent Tunda to Tihar jail till November 7.Tunda was handed over to the Hyderabad Police following its plea seeking his custody in connection with a production warrant issued against him by a court in Nampally in Hyderabad in a 1998 case lodged against him and others. The Delhi court sent him back to jail after the Hyderabad Police said they did not require him for further custodial interrogation. 70-year-old Tunda was arrested from the Indo-Nepal border at Banbasa on August 16. He was earlier remanded in police custody for questioning in connection with 37 bomb blast cases across the country. Tunda is one of the 20 terrorists whom India had asked the Pakistan government to hand over after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. He is the first on the list to be arrested.A few weeks ago, Mallika Sherawat drew attention to herself like only she can, when she called BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, “the most eligible bachelor in India”. She then proceeded to sing him a birthday wish. Although the actor has spoken about the incident and its backlash publicly since, in this interview, she goes on to unapologetically ask, “What’s the big deal? Let people comment. How does that change my life? I thought wishing him happy birthday was a polite thing to do.”‘I have not shifted base to Hollywood’Controversy magnet Mallika Sherawat tells us what she has in common with Narendra Modi, why she will never move to Hollywood and how the audience, for the first time, will see her “real side” on her new TV show.People called your birthday wish to Narendra Modi a publicity stunt. What do you have to say about that?I respect him a lot. He is gutsy and courageous. He is also misunderstood like me. For instance, actors have kissed on screen and worn swimming costumes, and then they have been perceived to be characterless.How do you see your career taking shape in Hollywood?I don’t want to take my career to another level in Hollywood. I signed those films because they were good scripts. I have not shifted base (to Hollywood). If I get good offers from China, Spain, Bangladesh or any other part of the world, I’ll do them.How close are you to finding the perfect date on your upcoming TV show, the Indian version of The Bachelorette?The whole process of finding true love has eluded me so far. But let me tell you that I am close to finding the right man. The dates I’ve been on as part of the show have been genuine. Viewers will see a real side to Mallika Sherawat.There is a lot of pressure on Bollywood actors to do television and be good at it. Salman Khan is one such star currently on TV (on Bigg Boss), who seems to have got it right. How are you expecting your show to do?Salman is a big star. Healthy competition keeps you on your toes, but no comparisons should be made, because mine is not a game show. Presently, there are no other dating shows on Indian television. And since the concept of dating doesn’t really exist in India, this show is unique.A lethal gamma-ray burst from a star about 8000 light years away could hit earth and possibly wipe out a quarter of our atmospheric ozone, astronomers have revealed. They said that the Wolf-Rayet star WR 104 could go supernova any day and generate gamma rays that could reach earth, News.com.au reported.Astronomer Grant Hill told to Forbes that we could see it go supernova anywhere from tomorrow to 500,000 years from now, according to the publication.He added that the gamma-ray burst and optical photons from the supernova would arrive simultaneously.There has been much debate over whether a gamma-ray burst from WR 104, which was discovered by University of Sydney astronomer Peter Tuthill in 1998, would reach earth, but Dr Hill said it depended on the star's rotation."If you look at WR 104 and the image of its pinwheel, it really is a visceral and powerful argument that the thing is face on with an inclination of zero," Dr Hill explained.This would mean earth was directly in the line of fire from the star.University of Kansas physicist Adrian Melott told Forbes such a gamma-ray burst would cause a 50 per cent increase in UVB radiation.India is raising an unnamed jungle commando outfit of young tribal men in Chhattisgarh's Bastar to counter Maoist guerrillas. Cobra, the most elite commando unit of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), has so far trained and absorbed 300 men aged 18 to 30. The six-month gruelling course at CRPF's Lanjhi forest camp in Bastar is perhaps the world's longest training module in jungle warfare. The Ranger School at Fort Benning, US, has a similar but shorter, 61-day course. The driving philosophy: Locals know their habitat best. In Bastar's dense saal forests where one of the world's bloodiest guerrilla wars is fought, stealth is precious. In the war that is fought behind trees, darkness, glowworms and birdcalls, and where sniper bullets lurk, the local tribals' instincts and familiarity with the terrain are an asset."There's no foolproof strategy in this war. You have to keep trying new things," says Zulfiquar Hasan, inspector general, CRPF, Chhattisgarh.The commandos are trained to pick up Maoists' tracks, identify fake animal calls used by the enemy as signal, survive for a week or more without carrying food - eating animals and plants and extracting water from spongy roots - and using a range of guns.They use naptha balls to light small, hard-to-detect fires which don't emit smoke of odour. They can tell a poisonous berry from an edible one."Their local expertise and intuitiveness is proving to be a huge asset against the Naxalites," says Uday Divyanshu, commander of the 204 Cobra battalion.The tribal commandoes are being used mainly to track down Maoists from the faintest clues and to evacuate injured soldiers.At the Cobra headquarters in Karanpur, HT met five members of the new elite jungle force last week. Their favourite diet in the forests: Instant noodles."But when it gets over, we make do with what the forest offers," says a 22-year-old freshly-trained commando from Bastar's Gond tribe. His next mission after joining the force: To get married.A day after his transfer, senior IAS officer Sarvesh Chandra Mishra was today suspended and a departmental probe initiated against him over a controversial letter convening a meeting to discuss "reconstruction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya on lines of Somnath Temple." Mishra, a 1997-batch officer, was the Home Secretary of Uttar Pradesh before he was shunted out yesterday. "Secretary (Home) Mishra mentioned a wrong and extremely misleading subject on a disputed issue in the letter regarding a meeting to be chaired by the Principal Secretary (Home) on October 14, and signed it," an official statement said here.Mishra's act created confusion and gave a completely wrong message among the people, the statement said. "It has been decided to suspend Mishra, an IAS officer of 1997 batch, with immediate effect and initiate a departmental inquiry against him," it said, adding that during suspension period, Mishra will remain attached with the Revenue Board.The government had transferred Mishra and suspended section officer of the home department, Prem Kumar Pandey, in wake of the controversial letter. A controversy had erupted over a communique by the state Home Secretary convening a meeting to discuss "reconstruction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya on the lines of Somnath Temple," with a red-faced SP government calling it an "error" and promising action against the guilty.Principal Secretary (Home) R M Srivastava had to apologise for the "error" and take responsibility for the folly of "junior level" officials. "There are errors in the letter issued on October 9 by the department for convening the meeting and parts of intelligence input on the VHP sponsored Sankalp Diwas on October 18, which should not have been made public, got mentioned in it," Srivastava had said at a press meet here. "The language used in the letter is not correct," he had said.Every cinema enthusiast dreams of making a movie someday. What if that dream comes true? A unique film project gives cinema lovers a rare chance to make a complete movie. The catch is ― you only get two days to make it! Called the 48-Hour Film Project (48HFP), the internationally recognised short film competition will hold the Delhi leg of the competition from August 16 to 18. The project is open to all and the teams participating can comprise of two members to as many people as you want. The enrolled teams have to make the films on the same weekend. All you have to do is register with the festival website. “Anybody can take part in the project. We usually have around 60-80 teams participating every year. All you need is a digital quality video camera and you are set,” says Preeti Gopalkrishnan, producer for the India leg of the competition. Close to 500 filmmakers from in and around Delhi are expected to participate in the two-day long competition. Registrations are currently open on the website: . “This is our third year in Delhi. We always get a huge response and some really good movies get made at the fest. We conduct these fests in four cities ― Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad,” says Gopalkrishnan. Started in 2001 by American filmmakers Mark Ruppert and Liz Langston, the aim of the project was to experiment and see what we can produce in just 48 hours. The teams participating have to write, shoot and edit the film in 48 hours. On Friday night (August 15), each group gets a character, prop, a line of dialogue and a genre that must be included in the movie. 48 hours later, the movie must be complete. So, train your camera and say action!Here you goWhat: The 48-Hour Film ProjectWhen: August 16-18 Where: Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication (SACAC)NEAREST METRO STATION: Patel Nagar on Blue LineAn interview with Digvijaya Singh, Congress general secretary and in-charge of Andhra Pradesh: Is the Congress now caught between the devil and the deep sea on the Telangana issue?Not at all. We have taken a decision after due consideration, consultation with all political parties and only when there was a near consensus, barring the opposition from the CPI(M), we took a decision to form Telangana. The Congress party was the last one to clarify its stand on the issue after hearing every political party. Your own chief minister, Kiran Reddy in Andhra Pradesh, is batting for an undivided state and faces allegations of encouraging anti-Telangana protests.That is not correct. He is doing a very difficult task at a very difficult moment. Let us not blame him for these protests.There are strong rumours that the Centre might impose President??s rule or the party may remove Reddy from the CM??s chair.There is no possibility on both accounts. There is no constitutional breakdown, so, why should there be a President??s rule? The government is still functioning. Some strikes have taken place no doubt but the state administration is negotiating with these employees and hopefully the power distribution will be restored by Thursday morning. We are also negotiating with the NGOs who have gone on strike. That too, will be over soon.But in the wake of fresh agitations, will your party review its decision?I do not see that possibility. These developments (anti-Telangana protests) have not come as a surprise for us. But we are committed to ensure that the interests of the Seemandhra people are fully protected. It means security to all the settlers from Seemandhra region in Hyderabad or giving the best possible deal in water sharing, revenue sharing and ensuring equitable share in power generation and distribution. At the same time, we will ensure that the division of the cadre takes place on judicious lines and the interest of employees of both regions are taken care of.The industry lobby is extremely worried about the bifurcation.I would like to assure all investors that the bifurcation will have no negative impact on the investments in Hyderabad and its growth will not be hampered. The rights and properties of all people who are employed in Hyderabad will be protected. We will not allow any untoward incident against Hyderabad and its industries.Lionel Messi marked his first start after injury with a goal in Barcelona’s 1-1 draw at AC Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday while Fernando Torres got two as Chelsea thumped Schalke and Atletico Madrid’s charge continued.Robert Lewandowski got the 82nd-minute winner as Borussia Dortmund put the brakes on Arsenal’s campaign with a 2-1 win in London that, along with Napoli’s 2-1 victory at Olympique Marseille, put three teams on six points in Group F.Had Arsenal won, manager Arsene Wenger would have had a reason to celebrate his 64th birthday. Torres’ recordIn Group E, Chelsea moved level on six points with Schalke 04 at the top with a 3-0 win in Germany where Torres celebrated his 100th start for the club with the fifth-minute opener and another after 69 minutes before Eden Hazard added a late goal.The top two are clear of third-placed Basel, who have four points ahead of Steaua Bucharest on one after those two teams shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw in Romania.Celtic got their first points in Group H after a James Forrest penalty on the stroke of halftime and a deflected shot by Beram Kayal early in the second half helped them to a 2-1 win over Ajax Amsterdam, who got a consolation in added time.LimelightThe glamour match at the San Siro where seven-times European champions Milan hosted four-times winners Barcelona fizzled out in the second half after a frantic opening period of pressure from the Italians. Milan took an early lead through Robinho following a smart exchange with Kaka after nine minutes but with Barca then dominating possession, it was a matter of time before they made it count.Andres Iniesta found Messi, who was making his first start after a three-week layoff, in space on the right and the Argentine kept his cool under pressure from Kevin Constant and Riccardo Montolivo to find the bottom right corner to equalise. “We lost two points... because we created more goal chances and for this reason we deserved a victory,” said Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino, whose side, like Milan, remain unbeaten in the group.In telling his life story in the pages of a graphic novel, US Rep. John Lewis pays homage to a comic book that propelled him into the civil rights movement and, ultimately, into Congress.The Georgia Democrat's "March: Book One," released Tuesday, was published by Top Shelf, co-written by Lewis staffer Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Eisner Award-winning artist Nate Powell, Lewis says the 128-page volume, the first in a trilogy, focuses on his early life - from raising chickens in Pike County, Alabama, to meeting Martin Luther King Jr. and holding lunch counter sit-ins and civil rights protests in Nashville, Tenn. A freedom rider and civil rights leader in the 1960s, Lewis was severely beaten while marching for voting rights."It's all there," Lewis said, from his "growing up" to his discovery of the 1957 comic book "Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story."Lewis says the comic, which cost all of 10 cents, proved influential on him and others in their beginning struggles for civil rights."It was very inspiring ... and when I attended the nonviolence workshops in Nashville at a local church, we all had an opportunity to get a copy of this book we called the `comic book,'" Lewis says. "We were able to digest the essence of the book as we studied and participated in those nonviolence workshops."Lewis is hopeful the "March" trilogy will inspire a new generation to hold similar ideals.Powell, whose art encompasses the words written by Lewis and Aydin, said he strived to bring "balance" to his illustrations of Lewis' story."A lot of this has to do with tension, anxiety, dread," Powell said. "Working but waiting is one of the major themes. There are a lot of silent moments."Aydin called the work, his first, a chance to reaffirm Lewis' legacy and the civil rights movement for a new generation."I asked him `Why don't you write a comic book?'" Aydin recalled saying to his boss in 2008, who agreed.The two worked together, often in the evenings, trading notes and thoughts."So much of the story is based on the congressman's oral history," Aydin said, adding that their work felt like a "master class in comics writing."Now, with the book's release, Aydin said the graphic novel takes on a life of its own."It was our job to bring it into reality. Somewhere, up in the sky, it was always there," he said. "It was just our job to pull it down and make it real."Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra gave a flying kiss as she walked the ramp for International designer Michelle Bohbot's brand, Bisou Bisou Tuesday, the fifth day of the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2013.The actress revealed that she was asked to do so by the designer as this is a tradition which she follows. "This is a standard for all of Michelle's shows. She had told me that it is their signature statement to blow a flying kiss to the audience," Priyanka told the media post the show.The actress looked smart in a one shoulder black top, which was well fitted from the waist, and black pants. She had tied her hair and wore contemporary earrings to match her outfit."I am very excited to be here. Bisou Bisou is my favourite brand. I am so excited that Bisou Bisou has associated with my film, Zanjeer. My character is very fashionable" she said.The line included a wide range of trendy clothes for women including skirts, shorts, halter neck tops, summer dresses, jumpsuits, gowns, pants, jackets among others. The colours used for the collection were fresh like blue, pink and black.Confident that bendy screens will be the next big thing in tech, not only does LG plan to launch its first flexible display smartphone before the end of 2013 but will also start making the displays for other handset manufacturers from 2014 onwards.Flexible displays are not a new thing -- the technology for their creation has been in play for many years. However, LG claims it has solved the problems that have prevented the screens from being mass-produced."We have completed the development of our first flexible displays. We will mass produce flexible displays from the fourth quarter of this year," the company said in a statement to The Korea Times.But why should consumers get excited this? The biggest advantage flexible displays have over traditional mobile device screens is that they're practically unbreakable, due to their flexibility. The fact that they don't have to be perfectly flat and level in order to work will also open up new design opportunities -- how about an elliptical or cylindrical touchscreen phone rather than one that is perfectly rectangular? Other advantages include weight -- they are thinner and lighter than most existing high resolution screens -- and image.LG claims that its displays are OLED (organic light emitting diode) -- so no need for back lighting -- and that they can support ultra-high-definition images. That is a huge jump from Apple's retina display and Samsung's AMOLED HD screens in terms of picture quality.Indeed, LG is so confident that other manufacturers will rush to its door for flexible screens for their next flagship devices, that the company aims to produce 12,000 display panels a month, starting in 2014.However, don't think that because LG has perfected the flexible display that within the next year the first flexible, foldable phones and tablets will be hitting the shelves. Battery technology is still very ??stiff' and the development of flexible, foldable power cells is still very much in the research and development stage.Hot on the heels of Samsung’s similarly giant announcement, LG reveals what it claims is the world’s largest curved OLED TV.Measuring 77 inches from corner to corner, the TV, which uses cutting edge OLED screen technology for the sharpest, most responsive and richest viewing experience possible, goes one better than the company’s current curved 55-inch flagship.As well as incredible colors, one of the biggest benefits of OLED technology is that manufacturers are not confined to rigid, flat screen shapes and sizes, and bending the screen so that it wraps around the viewer, filling his or her peripheral vision as well as the direct line of sight, is the closest many consumers will come to having an IMAX experience in their own living room.But, perhaps most impressively of all is that this is an ultra high definition OLED set and so (once sufficient native content exists) can screen still and moving images at four times the resolution of high definition.The original 55-inch curved OLED set, on which this big brother is based, won the 2013 Red Dot design award and on this evidence, there’s every possibility that LG will bag the same award again next July.On Thursday evening, Samsung revealed a giant, 98-inch LED LCD television and announced that an even larger 110-inch version would also be going into production. It also hinted that it too would be showing an OLED television on its exhibitor's stand during the IFA consumer electronics conference, though it would not give any further details.Neither company has confirmed either official launch dates for their giant TVs or their suggested retail prices, but expect them to be similarly huge in size.The South Korean company has sent its latest flagship phone into space to test its camera and promote its upcoming global rollout.The video, posted this week, captures a phone's eye view of an ascent into the stratosphere as well as its descent back down to Earth with a thud. Devised as much to demonstrate the LG G2's ruggedness as well as the video performance of its in-built 13MP OIS camera, the stunt is part of a wider campaign ahead of the device's global rollout which starts in the US on September 13.A well put-together and rather elegant phone, the G2's big gimmick is that it has control buttons on its rear casing so that despite its large screen size -- 5.2-inches -- it can be used single-handedly.LG claims that the video is a world-first and that it is made up entirely of raw footage captured by the device and no special effects or trickery were used to alter the images.LG has revealed a very interesting smartphone yesterday, ahead of the Mobile World Congress 2012 event, however, the world wasn't impressed even though the device presented amazing 3D capabilities. Well, the "world" wants more, and the South Korean company will deliver the LG Optimus 4X HD.The latest LG Android smartphone that will be officially presented at MWC 2012 is running on Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, and it's powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 1.5GHz processor. If the Optimus 2X was the first dual-core smartphone in the world, then the Optimus 4X HD will be among the first phone to have a quad-core processor.This quad-core Tegra 3 CPU actually features a fifth core called Companion Core. Nvidia added a fifth CPU in order to handle simple tasks that don't require so much processing power. The Companion Core will take care of calls, music playback, email and SMS messages, and others. The other four cores will handle multitasking, HD video playback, gaming, and other apps or tasks which require a lot of processing power.The LG Optimus 4X HD release date is Q2 2012 in Europe, while other markets will get the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone soon after that.Among the LG Optimus 4X HD features we can also find an impressive 4.7-inch True HD IPS touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 720, 16GB internal memory, 1GB RAM, 8-megapixel camera on the back with autofocus, LED flash, and 1080p HD video recording, 1.3-megapixel camera on the back, MHL, DLNA streaming, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, gyroscope, and a 2,150mAh battery.Although this phone will have a great battery life thanks to the Companion Core, LG felt that it was necessary to bring as much juice as power to the users who will be tempted to play games and watch videos on this baby.The South Korean company failed to let us know whether the device supports NFC or any 4G networks, but we're going to find out all the details on February 27th, in Barcelona, Spain.Judging by the specs of the Optimus 4X HD, we can safely assume that LG is a serious contender at Samsung's and Apple's supremacy on the smartphone market. HTC shouldn't be neglected either, but so far we haven't heard anything from the Taiwanese firm.LG Electronics Inc introduced on Monday its first tablet with a high-resolution screen, joining global rivals trying to take on Apple Inc's dominance in the popular small-sized tablet market.The G Pad 8.3 is the first tablet by the South Korean firm in nearly two years as it has struggled to regain lost ground in the mobile market due to a slow response to the industry's shift to smartphones.The world's third-largest smartphone maker after Samsung Electronics Co and Apple hopes the new tablet with a sharper display will help it gain traction during the year-end holiday season as Android-based tablets continue to win market share from Apple's iPad.The launch comes as Apple has been unable to widely roll out a new version of its iPad Mini with a high-resolution "retina" display this month, according to sources familiar with Apple's supply chain, leaving the gadget without the sharper screen found on rival tablets.The G Pad 8.3 has 1,920-by-1,200 resolution at 273 pixel per inch, better than Apple's 7.9-inch iPad Mini, which has 1,024-by-768 resolution at 163 ppi. It will square off against such products as Amazon's faster and lighter versions of its Kindle tablet that were introduced late last month.LG has also added a feature that allows users to check and send messages received by their Android smartphone from the tablet, hoping such function will help it stand out in an increasingly crowded mobile market.The new tablet, which is available for Wifi only version, will be sold for 550,000 won from next week in South Korea and will be introduced in some 30 countries by the end of this year.LG Electronics on Wednesday unveiled a new device to challenge Apple, Samsung and other rivals in the booming smartphone market.The G2 was introduced as the first in a new LG premium smartphone line and boasts features that include control buttons moved from the edges to the back, and a 5.2-inch high-definition screen spanning the front."Our definition of innovation today is technology that truly resonates with consumers," said LG mobile communications chief Jong-seok Park.He referred to the G2 as the most ambitious mobile phone ever produced by the South Korean company.LG said the smartphone's design incorporated lifestyle research showing that people want ergonomic designs, practical functions and intuitive interaction.LG is the second-largest maker of Android-powered smartphones, with 6.5% of the market in the second quarter of this year, according to a report released Wednesday by International Data Corporation.Samsung is the world's top Android smartphone with 39.1% of the global market, but LG closed the gap slightly during the quarter, IDC reported.Google's Android software was the world's most popular smartphone platform, ending the second quarter with 79.3% of the market as compared with the 13.2% held by second-place Apple, according to IDC.G2 phones will be released in South Korea in coming weeks and then gradually roll out in other countries, according to LG. Pricing was not disclosed. LG G2, is on display, during a global launch event in New York. Photo: AFP/Emmanuel DunandAfter becoming the first Chinese player to reach the semifinals of the season-ending WTA Championships, Li Na can become the first Asian to be ranked as high as third in the world if she beats Petra Kvitova on Saturday.According to CNN, Li is currently fifth but has been as high as fourth, which has only been matched by Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm, back in the 1990s.Victory over Kvitova will put her above Maria Sharapova, who is absent with a shoulder injury, and Agnieszka Radwanska, who lost all three matches this week, the report said.She ensured there would be no repeat of her two previous disappointments in Istanbul as she defeated injury-hit world No. 2 Victoria Azarenka 6-2 6-1 to win her third successive match in the White Group, the report added.Li said that it was not the best way to win the match as she saw that Azarenka was a little bit bothered with her back but she kept playing.An outspoken professor at one of China’s best-known institutions, Peking University, was sacked on Friday apparently because of his liberal views and criticism of the policies of President Xi Jinping and other top leaders of the Communist Party of China (CPC).Professor Xia Yeliang was handed out a slip of paper by the University’s Personnel Evaluation and Employment Committee that simply said that he didn’t get the required votes at a meeting held-- where he was not present-- to decide his fate earlier in October; only three had to voted in his favour out of 34 while one had abstained.“No actual reason was given. I had expected this. I want to defend the freedom of speech and thought. I would like to make this sacrifice,” Xia told Hindustan Times on Saturday.Xia had criticised President Xi on his microblog recently. (The critical blog had been removed immediately and his microblog has also been blocked.)“Expectation was great from President Xi when he took over. But he likes Mao Zedong’s polices...his (Xi’s) policies have been of regression. I think it is very bad,” Xia, who has been with Peking University since 2000, said.But Xi wasn’t the only one to be criticised by the professor.In 2009, he had written an open and critical letter to the then CPC propaganda chief, Liu Yunshan ? who is now member of the elite seven-member standing committee of the CPC’s Politburo.“I had criticised the ideological control, the control of the academic sphere and that of freedom of speech by Liu,” Xia said.He was also a signatory to the Charter 08, a manifesto of human rights, since its inception in 2008 by nearly 350 Chinese intellectuals and academics.Xia said the decision to expel him could not have been taken independently by the School of Economics, where he teaches, or by the University.“The instruction must have come from top leaders. They did not give me a reason (for expulsion). They want to make it sound like academic (the reason for expulsion)...not political.”The professor said he has been advised by the University not to say that the reason was political as it could further hamper his future prospects.“I am worried because my wife also works at the University. No other university in China is likely to accept meWhile Xia had expectedly gained little support from fellow academics in China, he did receive some backing from the Committee of Concerned Scientists and the Wellesley College in Massachusetts.That, however, doesn’t make Xia’s future any more certain.Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was released on Thursday several hours after being seized from a Tripoli hotel by former rebel militiamen, the foreign minister said."He has been freed but we have no details so far on the circumstances of his release," Mohammed Abdelaziz said.The pre-dawn seizure of Zeidan came five days after US commandos embarrassed and angered Libya's government by capturing senior Al-Qaeda suspect Abu Anas al-Libi off the streets of Tripoli and whisking him away to a warship."The head of the transitional government, Ali Zeidan, was taken to an unknown destination for unknown reasons by a group" of men believed to be former rebels, the government hadsaid in a brief statement on its website.A source in the premier's office said Zeidan had been taken from Tripoli's Corinthia Hotel, where he resides.A group of former rebels, which had roundly denounced Libi's abduction and blamed Zeidan's government for it, said it had "arrested" Zeidan.The Operations Cell of Libyan Revolutionaries, which in principle reports to the defence and interior ministries, had said on Facebook it had seized Zeidan "on the prosecutor's orders".The premier "was arrested under the Libyan penal code... on the instructions of the public prosecutor", the group hadsaid.The cabinet hadsaid on its Facebook page that ministers were "unaware of immunity being lifted or of any arrest warrant" for the prime minister.The Operations Cell of Libyan Revolutionaries had expressed outrage at the brazen daylight raid by US commandos to capture Libi.The Libyan government gave tacit approval to a US operation in its country for capturing alleged al Qaeda suspect Abu Anas Al-Libi last Saturday in Tripoli, the US security sources have said.The remarks by senior American officials, quoted by The New York Times, comes amid accusations from the Libyan authorities against US government of violating national sovereignty, Xinhua reported.Libyan Justice Minister Salah Marghani held a press conference Tuesday on the controversial issue of the US counter-terrorism operation in Libya"We consider the capture of Al-Libi as the kidnapping of Libyan citizen on Libyan soil and we demand the United States to respect the civil rights and enable his family to meet him," he said, adding that "the US military authorities should give the International Red Cross an access to Al-Libi to check his health and psychological condition."Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Al-Libi was indicted in the Southern District of New York in the 1998 US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed 224 people.The Special Representative and Head of UNSMIL, Tarek Mitri, also called on the US authorities to respect the Libyan national sovereignty and sensitivity and guarantee fair trial to Al-Libi as well as to every suspect.The Badminton Association of India’s (BAI) disciplinary committee has recommended a life ban, or a suspension for a period of time, on doubles specialist Jwala Gutta, according to well-placed sources on Saturday.Reason: Jwala had tried to stop players from her franchise, the Delhi Smashers, from playing their tie against Banga Beats during the Indian Badminton League (IBL) in August. The Smashers had threatened to pull out over Banga Beats’ last-minute replacement of Hu Yun with Jan O Jorgensen. Jwala was served a 14-day showcause notice by BAI for her conduct during the tie, which was delayed by half an hour. “The recommendation has been circulated to the member associations but no decision has been taken as of now. It has not been implemented,” said a BAI official.According to S Muralidharan, chairman of the disciplinary committee, it (the ban) depends on the discretion of president Akhilesh Das Gupta. “It is the discretion of the BAI president. Jwala can be set free if she tenders an unconditional apology. She should be apologetic for what has happened,” said Muralidharan.It is learnt that the decision to punish Jwala was taken a few days back as an apology was not forthcoming from the doubles star. Repeated calls to Jwala went unanswered. The source also said that the BAI president would write to her and she would be given a week’s time to respond.“If her explanation is found valid, she might not be punished,” the source said.Jwala and Ashwini Ponnappa are scheduled to compete in the Denmark Open this month.Cracking the whip on corrupt players, the BCCI slapped life bans on former India pacer S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan, while handing out a five-year and one-year ban on Amit Singh and Siddarth Trivedi respectively for their involvement in match fixing. Just hours after a report on alleged fixing during the last Indian Premier League was leaked to the media, Sreesanth and Chavan disposed before the three-member BCCI disciplinary committee comprising N Srinivasan, Arun Jaitley and Niranjan Shah in New Delhi.Sreesanth and Chavan were invited to present their side of the story to BCCI's panel. Ravi Sawani, the anti-corruption unit chief, had earlier investigated allegations that the three Rajasthan Royals players -Ajit Chandila and Chavan besides Sreesanth - conceded a pre-determined number of runs per over in exchange for money during the IPL this year. All the three players have served jail time after being arrested by the Delhi Police during the IPL.The hearing began at 11 AM, but Sreesanth and Chavan were seen stepping out almost four hours later, while BCCI's office bearers continued to hold discussions. "They haven't said anything about the ban. I have full faith in the judiciary as well as the BCCI and I will come clean in this whole issue," Sreesanth said, minutes after appearing for the hearing."All the disciplinary committee members were very cooperative and it went off well. I gave them my side of the story. All I have dreamt from childhood is to play for India and I will never cheat the game. There was no argument with the committee, they were very cooperative," he added.An hour later though, Sreesanth's fate was sealed as BCCI issued a press release confirming a life ban for the former India pacer. "S. Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan are banned for life from playing any representative cricket, or in any way being associated with the activities of the BCCI or its affiliates," the statement said. Young spinner Harmeet Singh was, however, let off for lack of strong evidence against him.Earlier, it was expected for the verdict to be announced during BCCI's annual general meeting later this month. Sreesanth, accompanied by friend Manoj, was set to take an evening fight back home. Sawani handed over his report to the Board during its Working Committee meeting in Kolkata last month.Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, whose last film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag reaped gold at the Box Office, believes life doesn't stop at the box office numbers. When asked if he is an actor who keeps a track of the numbers that his movies make. He said "Not to the extent that it drives me crazy. When you work on your film, you want it to do well and one barometer of knowing whether your film is doing well or not is the box office. So that's one aspect of it that you like to know. But is your happiness only going to be based on this and life not move on if you don't get those numbers? You have to move on," said the actor. Farhan`s latest film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag crossed the Rs 100 crore mark at the Box office and the film was even declared tax-free.An Egyptian court has sentenced 11 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails, to life in prison for violent acts against the army last month, Xinhua reported Tuesday citing state-run Ahram website.Forty five other Muslim Brotherhood members will spend five years behind bars while eight people — some from the Muslim Brotherhood or Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya, a hardline Islamist group — were acquitted. The suspects were accused of attacking the armed forces, setting three churches ablaze and burning nine armoured vehicles that cost 20 million Egyptian pounds, the report said. They were also charged with targeting government institutions, blocking roads and spreading chaos.The excise department has reportedly asked the liquor shops to lift 35% over and above their monthly guranteed quota (MGQ) for December, 2012. This move apparently casts aspersions on the declared intentions of the Bihar government for prohibition in the state.The order applies to all three categories of shops - IMFL (Indian Made Foreign Liquor), country liquor and the composite ones. Letters issued by assistant excise commissioner, Patna, Nunulal Choudhary and accessed by HT show that express orders have been issued not only to the shops, but also to the excise inspectors. The terse letters dated December 1 and December 17 talk about achieving the revenue target fixed by the department.They also ask the excise inspectors to ensure that the decisions are enforced.??This order has been given for all shops in the state in accordance with the orders of our secretary. It will help check the trade in illicit liquor. Our aim is to make the retail shops lift so much that there is no scope for them to indulge in the sale of illegal hooch. In addition, we will earn some revenue as well,?? said Choudhary.However, excise secretary Sandeep Poundrik, when contacted, denied having issued any such order.??There are no such instructions by our department. Our aim is to ensure that 100% of the MGQ is lifted,?? he said.Meanwhile, the retailers are gearing up to oppose the order tooth and nail. ??This is a breach of our contract.No shopkeeper will be able to lift so much liquor and sell it.The excise department cannot force us to do so,?? said Nawal Kishore Singh, president of Patna district IMFL retailers?? association.Going by what Poundrik said, this could be a curious case of orders that were never there in the first place!Light rains lashed Bihar on Sunday due to the impact of cyclone Phailin, affecting the Durga Puja festival even as a heavy downpour has been forecast for the next three days that may trigger a flood-like situation in North Bihar. Light showers has been lashing Bihar since this morning due to the atmospheric pressure created by cyclone Phailin, the Patna MET Director Ashish Kumar Sen told PTI.The sky had turned overcast since last evening and a thick layer of cloud enveloped atmosphere causing intermittent light rains since this morning, he said. The depression created by cyclone Phailin will stay in Bihar for next three days till October 15 next precipitating heavy rainfall in South and North Bihar, Sen said.While heavy rains are expected to lash South Bihar today, North Bihar districts located in the upper catchment area of Nepal and Koshi and Gandak river will witness heavy rainfall particularly on October 15 next that may trigger a flood-like situation, the Patna MET Director said.Meanwhile, Principal Secretary (Disaster Management Department) Vyasji will hold a meeting of the departmental officials to review preparedness for a likely flood-like situation amid the weather office forecast of heavy rainfall in Bihar over the next three days, official sources said.A "likely service disruption" struck Facebook on Monday, preventing its 1.15 billion members from updating their status on the social media website.Users trying to do so were met with an error message that stated: "There was a problem updating your status. Please try again in a few minutes.""Facebook status update issues are not uncommon, but this one seems global - we've tested it from several IPs and received the same message," technology website Mashable.com reported.Downrightnow.com, which monitors service outages on major websites, reported at 1:30pm GMT that Facebook had encountered a "likely service disruption."There was no immediate comment from Facebook, but the problem was sufficiently widespread for #facebookdown to become a trending hashtag on Twitter.American star Lindsay Lohan failed to show up yesterday at the ongoing 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival. She plays the female lead in Paul Schrader’s The Canyons opposite porn star James Deen. The title is part of the festival’s official lineup. Less than a month ago, Lohan completed a court ordered 90-day stay at a rehabilitation centre. She is said to be addicted to alcohol. Ironically, Lohan portrays the suffering girlfriend of a Hollywood producer in The Canyons, a work that has been panned by critics. However, Lohan’s off-the-screen activities have provided enough fodder for the press and the people to keep The Canyons flame burning bright. A Hollywood executive said recently that “Lindsay Lohan is now like U.S. golfer John Daly. She’s a curiosity who is watched primarily for the side entertainment she offers, not for her professional performance. Her stints in rehab and personal life drama won’t have much effect on how well The Canyons does because the movie has already been ripped apart.” At a press conference post The Canyons screening here yesterday, Schrader who though began by saying that Lohan’s personal problems were “off the table”, did veer into the subject once or twice. Along with the rest of the film’s cast – which was present – Schrader praised Lohan’s performance, even comparing her to the legendary Marilyn Monroe. "They aren’t the same as actresses, they are very different,” the director averred. “But both have had trouble separating their professional lives from their personal lives." Schrader also called himself "a free man": "For the past 16 months, I've been hostage, by my own choosing, to a very talented but unpredictable actress," he quipped. "One of her problems as an actor is she has a very hard time faking things," the helmer added. Schrader in addition to being at Venice to promote The Canyons, is also the president of the jury for the Festival’s Horizons section. Which highlights innovative cinema. He regretted that the American movie industry was passing through a stormy period with many cinemas closing down. The Canyons was made with the money raised through crowd funding. Schrader, who wrote Taxi Driver and directed American Gigolo, has unfortunately strayed into what is arguably B-grade stuff. The Canyons seems like a half-hearted attempt. And nobody, just nobody acts with any conviction. The Canyons purports to be a bleak parable about Hollywood’s tattier outer limits, and the death of cinema as we all know it. Maybe, there is just one power-packed scene in the whole work, and it comes right at the beginning when we see the camera panning across half a dozen derelict film houses.Lindsay Lohan’s parents have reportedly been banned from appearing on the actress’ upcoming reality TV show. The Mean Girls (2004) star, who successfully completed a 90-day stint in rehab this year, has struck a deal with Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network to film her struggle to rebuild her life. It has now emerged that the star’s estranged parents, Michael and Dina Lohan, have been axed from the series because producers feared their presence would confuse the viewers. Makers of the show have vowed to focus entirely on Lindsay’s recovery rather than her family issues.The two dominant communities of Karnataka — the Lingayats and Vokkaligas — who have been supporting the BJP and the JD(S), respectively, are now gradually switching loyalties towards the Congress. Of the 121 Congress candidates who won in the May 5 elections, there are 29 Lingayats, 18 Vokkaligas and 27 from the other backward classes (OBCs).The Congress had a strong Lingayat vote bank when S Nijalingappa headed the government in the 1960s, or even when Veerandra Patil became chief minister for the second time in 1989. CM-designate Siddaramaiah, an OBC leader, could manage to swing the backward classes’ votes in favour of the Congress. The backward classes heavily voted for the party, 27 of whose OBC candidates won out of 36 in that category.Political analyst Dinesh Amin Mattu said the Lingayats and Vokkaligas supporting the Congress was a new trend. Though the BJP had given the ticket to a good number of Lingayats, the people rejected many of them.LinkedIn unveiled technology to improve the security of the social networking site for professionals, about a week after Twitter introduced similar tools following a surge in high-profile attacks on its users.The optional service, known as two-factor authentication, is designed to verify the identity of users as they log in by requiring them to enter numeric codes sent via text message.LinkedIn introduced the service on Friday, about a year after a highly publicized breach that exposed passwords of millions of its users. Some security experts criticized LinkedIn at the time, saying the firm had failed to use best practices to secure its passwords.The site provided instructions to its 225 million users on how to turn on the optional service atLinkedIn said Thursday it bought news reading app-maker Pulse, boosting the content offerings of the career-focused social network.Pulse applications for Apple and Android powered smartphones or tablets were designed as a "fast, fun and beautiful way to read your favorite blogs, magazines and newspapers."The startup claims more than 20 million Pulse app users and said it is adding more than two million monthly.The move by LinkedIn, which said in January that it had more than 200 million members, suggests it is broadening its focus to more than just career connections, by adding the mobile news reader platform.LinkedIn senior vice president Deep Nishar said in a blog post that the deal involves acquisition of a firm "shaking up the app world with a fresh, new way to consume news on mobile."He said this can help LinkedIn become a "definitive professional publishing platform.""Millions of professionals are already starting their day on LinkedIn to glean the professional insights and knowledge they need to make them great at their jobs," Nishar said."We believe we can help all professionals make smarter and more informed business decisions leveraging all the great business knowledge flowing through LinkedIn in the form of news, Influencer posts, industry updates, discussions, comments and more."LinkedIn did not disclose financial terms of the deal, which online reports valued at between $50 million and $100 million.Pulse was founded in early 2010 by then Stanford University graduate students Akshay Kothari and Ankit Gupta after a "to revolutionize the mobile news reading experience," according to a message at the startup's website.LinkedIn has its headquarters in the Silicon Valley city of Mountain View, California, and is available in more than 200 countries and territories in a variety of languages.Code has been uncovered in the beta edition of Apple’s latest mobile operating system that suggests the social network for business people and general internet users that need a break from cat videos will be built into the final release.The beta code references first reported on by Electronista hint that LinkedIn will receive the same level of cross app and cross sytem support currently enjoyed by Facebook and Twitter on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices.However, the tech site is also quick to point out that this integration is far from guaranteed in the final consumer release as a number of code strings are currently missing.At the moment, iPhone and iPad users can Tweet or post to Facebook from other iOS apps, can access either service from the notification screen and only need to sign in once to be up and running on all services.Following rumors earlier this year, similar code references have been spotted for Flickr ? the Yahoo photo-sharing and social networking platform and Vimeo, the Youtube video challenger.Still, a lot can change between now and autumn when the update is expected to go live and become available for download to existing iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch owners. Code supporting integration for Facebook was first included in the beta edition of iOS 4 yet was pulled before its public release in June 2010.LinkedIn Corp introduced revamped mobile apps on Wednesday that give greater prominence to the stream of information shared by members of the professional social network and will for the first time allow the company to show ads to smartphone users.LinkedIn will begin showing advertisements within the mobile app's news stream as part of a "small test," said LinkedIn spokeswoman Julie Inouye.The new app, available for both the Apple Inc(AAPL.O) iPhone and for Android smartphones, makes it easier for smartphone users to interact with content in LinkedIn's news stream, such as "liking" or commenting on a shared news story.As consumers increasingly access the Web from mobile devices instead of PCs, Internet companies such as LinkedIn, Facebook Inc(FB.O) and Google Inc(GOOG.O) are stepping up efforts to better reach mobile users. More than a quarter of LinkedIn's web traffic now comes from its mobile app, up from 15 percent one year ago, according to the company.LinkedIn has rolled out a number of new features and enhancements to its website in recent months as it tries to entice its 200 million members to spend more time on its website.Shares of LinkedIn have surged roughly 57 percent this year, closing Wednesday's regular session at $179.97.LinkedIn just gave its users another reason to ensure their resumes are up to date. The online professional network has introduced a mobile feature that shows information about people's careers in emails being read on iPhones.The tool, called Intro, pulls details from the profiles of LinkedIn's more than 238 million users so the recipient of an email can learn more about the sender.The information will be limited to what the email senders already allow anyone to be seen on their LinkedIn accounts, unless they already have granted the recipient broader access through a connection on the service.The feature released Wednesday works with Gmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL Mail and Apple Inc.'s iCloud when any of them are plugged into the iPhone's built-in email app. LinkedIn Corp. plans to update the feature so it also works with Microsoft Corp.'s Outlook.com and Exchange email. It's available at .Intro also works on Apple Inc.'s iPad, although the feature isn't tailored for that device. LinkedIn eventually will release a version of Intro designed especially for the tablet format.LinkedIn imported the technology powering the Intro feature from its acquisition last year of Rapportive, a startup that had already been mining online social networks to include personal information in correspondence sent to Gmail accounts.Intro is part of LinkedIn's push to make its network indispensable on mobile devices as more people manage their personal and professional lives on smartphones and tablets.LinkedIn says about 38 percent of the traffic to it networking services now comes through mobile devices, up from just 8 percent in early 2011. LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner predicted Wednesday that mobile devices would be reeling in more than half the service's traffic at some point next year.As part of its effort to make its network more alluring on mobile, LinkedIn also released a new version of its service's app for the iPad.LinkedIn's strategy has been paying off since the company went public nearly two-and-half years ago. The Mountain View, Calif. company has consistently been delivering earnings that exceed analyst projections, helping to lift its stock by more than five-fold from its initial public offering price of $45.The shares shed $3.60 to $241.35 in Wednesday afternoon trading, as the broader markets ticked down.The Gujarat government, known for its proactive approach under chief minister Narendra Modi got a taste of its own medicine when the MP government used a window of opportunity arising from the pendency of the appeal filed by the Gujarat government at the Supreme Court in the matter pertaining to the relocation of Asiatic lions from Gir to Palpur Kuno to push for an early relocation of the big cats.The MP government dashed off a letter to the union ministry of environment and forests asking it to ensure compliance of the April 15 order of the Supreme Court that cleared the transfer of lions from Gujarat to MP.The Gujarat government had filed a review petition against the order at the Supreme Court in May. The MP government seized this opportunity to demand a compliance of the order after which the union ministry set up a 12 member committee to oversee the transfer of lions. The first meeting of the committee has been fixed for July 29 at Delhi.Sources said that the Gujarat government had expected that filing a review petition would buy them more time. They had not anticipated the setting up of the committee now as they expected any development in the matter only after the disposal of the review petition.Chief wild life warden (CWLW) MP, Narendra Kumar told HT that since the last order of the Supreme Court of April 15 asked the Centre to begin proceedings of the transfer by setting up a committee, we reminded the MoEF to expedite the matter. ??Consequently, the MoEF set up the committee and has initiated the process of transfer,?? he said.The 12 member committee includes additional director general ( wildlife), MoEF as the chairperson and has its members, the chief wildlife wardens of MP and Gujarat, member secretary, National Tiger Conservation Authority and experts from the Wildlife Institute of India, AJT Johnsingh, YB Jhala, Ravi Chellam, PR Sinha and MK Ranjitsinh. The committee would decide the number of lions to be shifted, identify individual animals for shifting, monitor the shifting on behalf of the MoEF and provide technical inputs for translocation.As Delhi is getting into the poll mode, the state election commission is keeping a close watch on people ferrying liquor bottles. The Delhi electoral office has seized as many as 10,646 bottles of country liquor and 375 bottles of Indian-Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) in the past 10 days alone.These items were seized from October 5, a day after the poll dates were announced and the model code of conduct came into force. Officials said action was taken against those who were found to be carrying more alcohol than what is permitted or people carrying liquor without a valid permit, which is necessary for carrying liquor bottles in bulk.??We have already started taking action wherever we have found any violations. We have seized liquor bottles when they were being carried without any permit, which is a violation. After November 9, once the notification for candidates to file nomination is issued, there may be an increase in such cases,?? said Ankur Garg, chief nodal officer (model code of conduct).Officials said that of the 912 litres of country liquor seized by them, 48 were 275 ml, and 7,952 were 185ml bottles.??Considering the fact that a huge quantity of country liquor bottles have been seized, we fear that political parties may have been planning to distribute them in slums and resettlement colonies. We are keeping a close watch on everyone,?? said a senior official.According to senior officials, 87 litres of Indian Made Foreign Liquor had been packed in 375 ml and 185 ml bottles.The commission also cracked down on government vehicles being used for election purposes and action had been taken against seven offenders. In addition to this, they removed 4,414 posters from government buildings and 2,199 from private buildings.??We have appraised the political parties about the model code of conduct and have given them details on what is allowed and what constitutes a violation,?? said the official.The following is the list of India's top ten highest one-day international (ODI) run chases:India 362/1 in 43.3 overs vs Australia - Jaipur (Oct 16, 2013)India 330/4 in 47.5 overs vs Pakistan - Dhaka (Mar 18, 2012)India 326/8 in 49.3 overs vs England - Lord's (Jul 13, 2002)India 325/5 in 47.4 overs vs West Indies - Ahmedabad (Nov 15, 2002)India 321/3 in 36.4 overs vs Sri Lanka - Hobart (Feb 28, 2012)India 321/5 in 48.5 overs vs New Zealand - Bangalore (Dec 7, 2010)India 317/3 in 48.1 overs vs Sri Lanka - Kolkata (Dec 24, 2009)India 317/8 in 49.4 overs vs England - The Oval (Sep 5, 2007)India 316/7 in 47.5 overs vs Pakistan - Dhaka (Jan 18, 1998)India 310/4 in 46.5 overs vs Sri Lanka - Karachi Jul 3, 2008There are nine flavors of the new iPad, with different access capabilities and storage amounts:-- Wi-Fi only, 16 gigabytes of storage, $499-- Wi-Fi only, 32GB, $599-- Wi-Fi only, 64GB, $699-- Wi-Fi and 4G cellular connection, 16GB, $629 (separate models for AT&T and Verizon Wireless networks)-- Wi-Fi and 4G cellular connection, 32GB, $729 (separate models for AT&T and Verizon Wireless networks)-- Wi-Fi and 4G cellular connection, 64GB, $829 (separate models for AT&T and Verizon Wireless networks)The prices are the same as the iPad 2's at launch. On Wednesday, Apple said it is cutting the older version's prices by $100. It will cost $399 for the basic W-Fi model and $529 with cellular connection on the older 3G network. Both versions have 16GB of storage.Pre-orders begin on Wednesday. It will go on sale on March 16 in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the US Virgin Islands.After looking at the cost of a one night’s stay abroad that includes cocktails, dinner, and a short taxi ride, TripAdvisor has come out with the most expensive -- and most affordable -- travel destinations this summer.Topping the most expensive cities list on their TripIndex Cities 2013 list? Oslo, Norway, which was also named the most expensive city to live in recently.Not only will dinner for two that includes two courses and a bottle of wine set you back US$266 in the Norwegian capital, but according to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest 2013 Worldwide Cost of Living Index, a loaf of bread costs $6.The Economist’s index also pegs the cost of a “high-end” three-course dinner for four with wine at $813.Here’s a look at the most expensive, and cheapest cities to visit this summer, based on a one-night’s stay at a four-star hotel for two; a pair of martinis at a five-star hotel bar; a round-trip taxi ride of 2-mile (3.2 km) each way; and dinner for two that includes two courses and a bottle of wine:Most Expensive Cities:1. Oslo, Norway US$5812. Zurich, Switzerland $5233. Stockholm, Sweden $5224. New York, USA $5165. Paris, France $5116. Sydney, Australia $4607. London, England $4518. Copenhagen, Denmark $4449. Cancun, Mexico $44110. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic $436Least Expensive Cities:1. Sofia, Bulgaria $1582. Hanoi, Vietnam $1763. Warsaw, Poland $1874. Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt $1915. Budapest, Hungary $1936. Bangkok, Thailand $2017. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia $2188. Tunis, Tunisia $2199. Cape Town, Africa $21910. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia $220Meanwhile, according to Hotels.com's annual club sandwich index, Geneva emerged as the priciest destination this year.The 'CSI' as it's called, uses the hotel menu staple of the club sandwich as a barometer to gauge the most expensive cities in the world. In Geneva, the double-decker sandwich will set you back an average of US$30.45 (?23.15) this year.Playing a bowler, sidelined through the tournament, in the final was always going to be a risk. After playing the first match of the World Cup against Bangladesh, S Sreesanth was discarded by his team, and did not even look a part of it during the practice sessions.Hence, eyebrows were raised when skipper MS Dhoni announced that the pacer was in the running for a berth in the final. In a listless performance on Saturday against Sri Lanka, Sreesanth proved that his selection was not a wise decision.Going for 52 runs in eight overs, his body language was poor and fielding below par. The decision to pick him was baffling. Especially, when off-spinner R Ashwin was available for selection.It was all the more surprising that after eight matches, India were yet to figure out their bowling combination. After the semifinal against Pakistan in Mohali, Dhoni had admitted that he had misread the wicket (indirectly admitting that he had erred in dropping Ashwin). But, on Saturday the Tamil Nadu offie was again cooling his heels.Ashwin can consider himself unlucky as he bowled smartly and gave it his all in the field in the all-important game against Australia and the league match against the West Indies.Dhoni struggled to use Sreesanth. He had to pull him out of the attack after three overs with the new ball when he gave away two boundaries in his third over.The skipper tried him at the fall of Kumar Sangakkara's wicket so that he could be effective when the pressure was on the opposition, but that did not work too.The fielding was sharp and the bowling accurate from the other end, but Sreesanth was not in a position to make use of the advantage. He started in his usual aggressive fashion but when things did not go well, he went on the defensive. He was guilty of bowling short and wide, allowing the batsmen room for easy runs.Dhoni was forced to divide Sreesanth's eight overs in four short spells, and after six overs, his figures read 6-0-39-0. It was only in his last spell that the pacer looked a part when he started bowling within himself.Belles lettres-inspired hotels are catching on in Paris, and Les Plumes and Le Marcel, which opened in late June, are the latest newcomers to the club. Proust, Kipling, George Sand et al.: the spirit of the great writers permeates these charming establishments in the heart of the capital. Here's a selection:Le Pavillon des LettresOpened in 2010 near the French president's office at the ?lysée, this 4-star hotel pays tribute to a pantheon of great literary figures. Each of the 26 rooms is inspired by a different famous author, with representative passages actually printed on the walls, ranging from Andersen to Zola, via Kafka and Shakespeare. Each room's décor elegantly evokes the style and atmosphere of the author's times.Les PlumesThe very address of this hotel in the 9th arrondissement -- on the Rue Lamartine, named after French Romantic poet Alphonse de Lamartine -- marks it out for its literary vocation. A blend of posh 19th-century Romanticism and modernism, Les Plumes conjures up the amorous passions of Juliette Drouet and Victor Hugo, Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud, George Sand and Alfred de Musset. With cushions bearing the names of these famous lovers, and decor including printed portraits and quotes, these three suites are full of winks and allusions to their literary love affairs.Le MarcelThis 4-star establishment in the busy Gare de l'Est neighborhood is steeped in remembrances of things past. Tranquility is writ large in the soft bright colors of its modern décor, designed by Claudia Del Bubba. The rooms, named after Proust's dramatis personae Guermantes, Swann, Madeleine or Marcel, conjure up the French novelist's world of languorous reminiscence.R. Kipling HotelOpened this March in "South Pigalle" ("SoPi" for short), a trendifying neighborhood south of Montmartre and Pigalle, the R. Kipling immerses you in the world of this widely-travelled writer from Bombay in British India. The lobby, replete with library, steamer trunks and leather Chesterfield sofas, has a cozy out-and-out British colonial atmosphere. The rooms, in Chinese blue or celadon green, evoke the novelist's travels in Asia."I will continue working till there is strength in my body," is how megastar Amitabh Bachchan prophesied as his two-year-old granddaughter Aaradhya joined other family members in wishing him on his 71st birthday."Her mother (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) taught her to sing a happy birthday song. She sang for me but with her own name," an exuberant Bachchan told reporters here."Last year, there was a grand celebration as it was the 70th birthday, this year it is quite simple and quiet. Every year it is not possible to do it that way. I met family members and close associates. All I wish for is love and affection on my birthday," the legendary actor said.Having starred in over 180 films in a career spanning more than four decades, Bachchan continues to hold sway over millions of his fans with his rich baritone on the big screen as well as on TV.The megastar was born to Hindi poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan in Allahabad on October 11, 1942. Bachchan is one of the busiest actors in Bollywood thanks to his knack for adapting and reinventing himself to the demands of showbiz.And he wants to continue his innings in acting with the same enthusiasm that he started with."The wish is that something challenging comes up everyday... I will continue working till there is strength in my body," he said.Thousands of fans gathered outside his bungalow to greet Bachchan, who expressed happiness over the love and warmth from his admirers.He was gunning for Sachin Tendulkar's wicket ever since Highveld Lions were drawn to play Mumbai Indians in the Champions League Twenty20 and so thrilled was little-known spinner Aaron Phangiso after getting the prized scalp that he remained up all night to celebrate.Lions defeated the defending champions by eight wickets with seven balls to spare last night. Aaron's lone contribution to his team's winning cause was dismissing Tendulkar for a mere 16.The victory dance that followed the dismissal showed what it meant for the hardly-known Aaron to dismiss the revered Indian veteran."I enjoyed that wicket especially being one the greatest batsman in the world, Sachin Tendulkar; I enjoyed that a lot," Aaron said after the match."Celebration is definitely going to continue for me. We are going to celebrate. It is a big game for us, and a big win. "No, I am not going to sleep. I am just going to enjoy this moment," he added.Asked what was going through his mind when Tendulkar was at the crease, Aaron said he just wanted to come up with some of his best bowling against celebrated veteran. "It is one of those moments, for which you have been preparing, knowing that we are playing against the Mumbai Indians. I was prepared and I just tried to do what I do best and then hoped to do well," Aaron said."I have just been doing the normal stuff. Bowling in the nets and bowling to our players that's all that I have been doing. I have just been working on my line and length that's what I have been working on," he added.Meanwhile, losing team's pacer Lasith Malinga said the Lions batted extremely well to clinch the game. "I think we got to bowl on a good wicket. The new ball swung around a bit but after that it didn't do much. We were always thinking about bowling a good line and length."They were batting well but sometimes we didn't bowl that well. I think that is the reason we couldn't win," he said. Asked if being the defending champions has created pressure on Mumbai, Malinga said, "Not much. We don't think about what happened in the IPL or CLT20 2011.""We just think about one game at a time. We don't have any pressure of being defending champions on our mind. We just want to play one game at a time," he added.Despite being the owner of several hectares of land in the city - both in prime locations and the outskirts - the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) continues to struggle for funds. Now, the corporation is planning to utilise its land bank to raise funds and end its financial crisis.Municipal commissioner Rakesh Kumar Singh said, “For the first time, a proposal for commercial use of corporation land was included in the agenda of the LMC house on Sunday.”The LMC has more than 60 hectares of land at prime locations of the city besides several more hectares in the outskirts, which is more than the land bank of the Lucknow Development Authority and Housing Board put together. “A proposal was made to use about 5.5 hectares of land behind Omaxe city, which is a key location. Besides, there is around 12 hectare land near Madiaon, 2.9 hectare near Haiwatmau Mawaiyya, 4.1 hectare near Aurangabad Jageer, 1 hectare near Kharika, around 7 hectare near Amausi and around 12 hectares near Kamta, Gehru, all of which can be considered for the purpose,” said Singh. However, the house has decided to identify and fence the land in the first phase, he added.“A board of LMC would be erected on all the land pieces. After this, a comprehensive plan for commercial use of these properties would be made,” he said. According to the proposals, LMC can go in for public private partnership with builders, developers or colonisers for the use of this land bank.Mayor Dinesh Sharma said, “I am in favour of judicious use of land bank.”UN chief Ban Ki-moon has encouraged India and Pakistan to resolve the escalating tensions along the Line of Control (LoC) through dialogue and in a "peaceful" manner.Ceasefire violations along the LoC have continued in the days following Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last month.Pakistani troops had opened fire and shelled several border outposts along the International Border in Jammu and Samba this week.Ban's spokesperson Martin Nesirky said the UN Chief is aware of the reports of tension along the LoC and would encourage the two nations to resolve their disputes through dialogue, on the lines of talks initiated during the bilateral meeting of the Prime Ministers."The discussions that did take place (between India and Pakistan) on the margins of the General Assembly meetings last month were important, and it is?precisely that kind of dialogue which the Secretary-General would wish to encourage."We are obviously aware of these reports (LoC tension and ceasefire violations) over the past few days, and obviously not just the past few days. This needs?to be dealt with by the two parties in a peaceful manner," Nesirky said in his press briefing yesterday.Singh had told reporters accompanying him on his two-nation tour to Russia and China this month that he is "disappointed" with Sharif and asked him "even at this late hour" to recognise that what was happening on the LoC and International Border is not good for the two nations.Singh has said that during his meeting with Sharif, there was a "general agreement" on both the sides that peace and tranquillity should be maintained on the border, LoC and the international border which he said has not happened.United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has encouraged India and Pakistan to resolve the escalating tensions along the Line of Control (LoC) through dialogue and in a "peaceful" manner.Ceasefire violations along the LoC have continued in the days following Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last month.Pakistani troops had opened fire and shelled several outposts along the International Border in Jammu and Samba this week.Ban's spokesperson Martin Nesirky said the UN chief is aware about the reports of tension along the LoC and would encourage the two nations to resolve their disputes through dialogue, on the lines of talks initiated during the bilateral meeting of the prime ministers."The discussions that did take place (between India and Pakistan) on the margins of the General Assembly meetings last month were important, and it is precisely that kind of a dialogue which the secretary-general would wish to encourage."We are obviously aware of these reports (LoC tension and ceasefire violations) over the past few days, and obviously not just the past few days. This needs to be dealt with by the two parties in a peaceful manner," Nesirky said in a press briefing on Friday.Singh had told reporters accompanying him on his two-nation tour to Russia and China this month that he is "disappointed" with Sharif and asked him "even at this late hour" to recognise that what was happening on the LoC and International Border is not good for the two nations.Singh has said that during his meeting with Sharif, there was a "general agreement" on both the sides that peace and tranquillity should be maintained on the border, LoC and the International Border which he said has not happened.A Delhi court on Friday dismissed the bail pleas of the four friends of NRI student Anmol Sarna. The four, all in their 20s, have been booked under Section 22/27/29 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Wason rejected the bail applications of Shivank Gambhir, Madhav Bhandari, Pranil Shah and Ritham Girhotra, who will remain in Tihar jail till September 30.The court had on Thursday sent Gambhir and Bhandari to judicial custody while the remaining four accused, Shah and Girhotra, along with Surender Bali (46) and Naresh Mishra (60), were sent to Tihar jail on September 17. Bali and Mishra were the security guards at the housing complex in south Delhi where the friends were partying on the night of the incident.Sarna, according to the police, was murdered after a scuffle at a party at Shah??s flat in South Park Apartments in Kalkaji on September 13 night. He and his friends had reportedly consumed drugs in the party around 9pm and Sarna had become violent as the drugs took effect.Mumbai boasts of a rich theatre culture, and this is not true just of English and Hindi productions but also local languages like Marathi and Gujarati. This week, NCPA will organise the fourth edition of its Marathi theatre festival, Pratibimb. Conceptualised to reflect the best of contemporary Marathi theatre, and provide a platform for new talent, Pratibimb will start on August 2 and go on till August 6.This year, the festival has a number of interesting plays lined up, including Satish Alekar’s Ek Diwas Mathakade. Talking about the event, director Nipun Dharmadhikari says, “It’s exciting to have the opportunity to perform in front of a tasteful audience, and we are looking forward to it. This particular play is different from the usual brand of writing. It’s satirical and thought-provoking at the same time.” Ek Diwas Mathakade is a story of two men and their search for inner peace after both lose their loved ones.On the other hand, city-based Awishkar Theatre Group’s Dream Society has been exclusively written for the festival. Penned by Shafaat Khan, Dream Society brings crucial issues to the fore through the life of a writer who makes stories out of others’ dreams and experiences. “The judiciary and the society eventually prohibit him from trespassing into the territory of other people’s dreams. The writer is confused and has bouts of dementia. He can’t think of anything to write about, until someone asks him to write lies,” explains director Pradeep Mulye.Must-seeDream Society: August 2Mele Undir: August 3Shivacharitraani Ek: August 4Ek Diwas Mathaakade: August 4Khoon Karaychay: August 5In Min Teen: August 6Pratibimb will be on from August 2 to 6, at the NCPA, Nariman PointMost US smartphone owners use their device's location service for directions or other purposes but only a small percentage share their location with friends and others, a survey showed Thursday.The Pew Research Center's Internet Project survey found 74 % of adult smartphone owners said they use their phone to get directions or other information based on their current location.Among social media users ages 18 and older, 30 % say that at least one of their accounts is currently set up to include their location in their posts, up from 14 % who said they had ever done this in 2011.The survey found a small drop in the number of smartphone owners who use "check in" location services: around 12 % of adult smartphone owners said they use a geosocial service to "check in" to certain locations or share their location with friends, down from 18 % in early 2012.Among those who do check in with their locations, 39 % said they did so on Facebook, 18 % on Foursquare and 14 % on Google Plus.The survey highlights the increasing role of smartphones which can track users' locations, which raises privacy and safety concerns but also offers opportunities for tech firms to tell customers what is near them.Some prior surveys indicate a number of mobile phone users have disabled location-tracking features at some point due to privacy concerns.The findings were based on a survey of 2,252 adults from April 17 to May 19, with a margin of error estimated at 2.3 percentage points.If you are a fan of British humour, the next two weeks are your best chance to experience it in Mumbai. Imran Yusuf and Andrew Zaltzman, two renowned comedians from the UK, will be in the city to perform at separate shows.Zaltzman is an award-winning political satirist and is known for his popular podcast on cricket, The Bugle, on BBC radio. He will be seen at The Canvas Laugh Factory from October 3 to 6. Yusuf, who is performing for the Comedy Store at Blue Frog from September 22 to 29, is known for his stint on the Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Road Show.This is Yusuf’s first solo performance in the country, and he says, “I'm excited to be here. There are jokes that I can only do for an Indian audience, whether it be utilising my mother tongue, making popular cultural references or talking about the experience of Indian culture in my life. This will be the only place I can really go for it and not hold back.” Zaltzman will be performing his popular act, Cricket Vs The World. Ask him if he will be touching upon the controversies surrounding Indian cricket and he says, “I, like most cricket fans, simply love the sport and get annoyed, bored and frustrated when corruption, petty power games or unbridled commercialism spoil it.” His show is specifically customised for India, mixing some of his existing material about global politics, cricket, the country’s place in the world, and Britain’s relationship with India, with “contrived similes and infantile puns”.Both Zaltzman and Yusuf admit to having faced unreceptive or easily offended audiences during their careers. Yusuf says, “However, from my past experiences, Indian audiences are amazingly responsive and return the investment of the performance tenfold.” Zaltzman, on the other hand, slickly replies, “Hopefully, in my gigs in India, I’ll be like a vintage Sehwag, and clatter it all over the place.”It was all there. From print-on-print to exquisite embroidery, and frills to structured silhouettes, designers at London Fashion Week flaunted an impressive array of creations. We may have been spoilt for choice, but it was easy to pick favourites.Sport starEvidently, athletic looks are here to stay for another season or two. Haizhen Wang has all the right ideas to ‘sport’ the trend — zippers, long skirts, booties and headbands among others.PyjamasFew have been able to pull them off, and understandably so. It’s the attitude you need. Because with an ensemble like this one, what’s not to love? Throw it on, tousle your hair, wipe off the make-up and you’re good to go, as demonstrated by Holly Fulton.Shade cardThe bomber jacket and slouchy pants are something we’d wear, but it’s the colour palette we’re crushing on. Icy blues, emeralds, purples, the perfect shade of peach and a glorious maroon were on Jonathan Saunders’s mind, and they made a lasting impact.Suit upPresenting the edgy power suit that’s sure to grab attention with its dare-bare insert, a feminine interpretation of a tailcoat and cropped skinny pants. David Koma had us at the pockets.Print-on-printPastels and sheer separates dominated Burberry Prorsum’s show, but what we loved the most was their punchy play on the print-on-print trend. Choosing not to go overboard with the colours, they stuck to impactful polka dots, stripes and black-white pieces to complement the reds and greens.Quirk factorMary Katrantzou stuck to her signature aesthetic, but we aren’t complaining. Her prints are fun, colours vivacious and those booties covetable.Drama queenHere’s a great example of stepping up the basic LBD or — in this case — the LRD. This dress by PPQ has everything — a luscious colour, flirty frills and a refreshingly bold neckline. Just be careful to keep accessories to a bare minimum.It’s a wrapThis is one of Vivienne Westwood’s subtler designs and is utterly wearable. Call it what you like — a wrap dress or a modified trench coat — but we’ve got a winner on hand. Save this one for a moment of cheer when the weather’s dull.London refused to be drawn Tuesday on comments by Kenya's foreign minister that a British woman was among the militants behind the deadly Nairobi shopping mall attack.But the foreign office did say that Britain would do all it could to assist in bringing those responsible to justice.Kenyan foreign minister Amina Mohamed told US public broadcaster PBS that two or three American men and a British woman were among those to blame for the carnage."And she has, I think, done this many times before," she told PBS.A spokesman for the foreign office in London said the ministry was "aware" of Mohamed's comment."We continue to liaise very closely with the Kenyan authorities and to support their investigation into this attack," he said."The UK will do everything it can to support the Kenyans bringing everyone responsible for this barbaric attack to justice."Somalia's al Qaeda linked Shabab insurgents have claimed the attack, which began Saturday when the gunmen marched into the complex, firing grenades and automatic weapons and sending panicked shoppers scrambling for their lives.At least 62 shoppers and staff have been killed and close to 200 wounded in the siege.In just a few weeks and for a limited time, different parts of the Earth will enter the stage before winter when Mother Nature puts on one of her greatest shows: a fireworks display of orange, red, gold and brown.From the winegrowing regions of France to the mystic mountains of China, editors at travel guide Lonely Planet have curated a list of the most stunning fall foliage destinations for lovers of the most melancholy and striking of the four seasons.Agawa Canyon, CanadaA train ride through northern Ontario takes visitors through “some of the most beautiful fall foliage on the planet,” says Lonely Planet. And that’s not just a travel guide talking. The area also inspired Canada’s prominent landscape artists Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven who immortalized the region on canvas in the early 20th century. Best time to go: end of September to beginning of October.Loire Valley, FranceFall is perhaps one of the best times to visit the Loire Valley, when the vineyards turn shades of buttery yellows, burnt oranges and reds and the winemakers are busy with the fall harvest. Take in the view with a glass of wine, maybe at one of the many castles which dot the Loire River, the longest in France. Autumn will surely become your favorite season if it isn't already.Huangshan Mountain, ChinaEvery year, Chinese tourists make a pilgrimage to Yellow Mountain where “wispy clouds” lend the forested mountain peaks an “ethereal” and exotic atmosphere, says Lonely Planet. Best time to visit: at sunrise.Forest of Dean, EnglandWhen you’re not rooted to the ground tree-gazing at the ancient woodlands of Gloucestershire, the Forest of Dean also offers a variety of activities such as mountain biking, treetop zipwires, kayaking, and castles in the vicinity.White Mountains, New Hampshire, USAIn addition to miles of hiking trails and scenic drives that take visitors over covered bridges, past historic sites, through picturesque towns and villages all against Technicolor foliage, the White Mountains area also boasts 100 waterfalls. Peak foliage typically occurs from the end of September through the second week of October.A new study finds that absence may truly make the heart grow fonder and that couples who live apart have more meaningful interactions and stronger bonds than those who see each other every day.In a new study, couples in long distance relationships maintained over phone calls, texting, emailing and video chat were also more likely to idealize their partner's behaviors, leading to a greater sense of intimacy.Researchers from the City University of Hong Kong and Cornell University recruited 63 heterosexual couples -- roughly half of whom said they were in long distance relationships -- about their typical communication. On average, subjects were just under 21 years old, had been in their relationships for nearly two years and had been living apart for 17 months. Over the course of a week, they reported to what extent they shared about themselves and how they experienced intimacy, and to what extent their partners did the same thing. Findings showed that the long distance couples disclosed themselves more and felt a closer bond."Indeed, our culture emphasizes being together physically and frequent face-to-face contact for close relationships, but long-distance relationships clearly stand against all these values," said coauthor Crystal Jiang. "People don't have to be so pessimistic about long-distance romance." "The long-distance couples try harder than geographically close couples in communicating affection and intimacy, and their efforts do pay back."The findings, announced Thursday, appear online in the Journal of Communication.The Sensex fell to some of its lowest levels with the benchmark index closing at 17,905.91 on August 21. From the start of August itself, till August 21, the Sensex lost nearly 1,400 points before making a slight recovery in the past couple of trading sessions. "We are taking it (the current bounce-back in the equity markets) as a technical rebound and it's still rather early to call it a reversal," says Ajit Mishra, assistant vice-president of equity retail research, Religare Securities, on whether the markets have bottomed out. The Sensex on Monday closed almost flat at 18,558.13 points, just with a 38.69 points gain. Bank, auto, select capital goods and infra counters may see a significant rebound now, adds Mishra."The Nifty index is down by some 11% in the past three months," says Pankaj Murarka, senior fund manager of equity at Axis Mutual Fund. The Nifty on Monday closed at 5,476.50 points, up a mere 4.75 points or 0.09% up from its previous close.Analysts recommend a cautious and long-term approach to investing at current levels. Sachin Shah, fund manager, Emkay, is positive on stocks like NMDC, Sesa Goa and Tata Steel that still have upside potential due to the recovery in China."For us portfolio construction is driven by investing into good business. We are positive on healthcare, information technology and consumer sectors," says Murarka of Axis Mutual Fund.Sports minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday hoped that senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar will work with his ministry to promote sports in India in the future. "He is an icon for this country, for the youth of this country. I am also a huge fan myself. We are also planning some sort of an award and felicitation programme for him," Singh said in New Delhi."I look forward to Sachin Tendulkar working with the ministry of youth affairs and sports to promote sports in this country. But for that modalities need to be discussed," he said. Asked if he would be going to Mumbai to watch the veteran play his last international match, Singh said, "I hope so."The minister, however, insisted that he would not like to term Tendulkar's last Test as a farewell."It is a new start for him. He will be able to motivate a lot of young people in this country to come and play, and bring laurels to India," the minister said on the sidelines of a function to felicitate the junior men's hockey team for winning the third Sultan Johar Cup recently.Tendulkar announced his decision to retire from Test cricket last week after playing his landmark 200th match, which is scheduled to be held in Mumbai against the West Indies.India’s official international film festival seems to have finally broken out of its jinx of controversies, and earned a global status. With a long list of Hollywood biggies coming for the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa from November 20-30, the event seems to have put its past behind. The names on its guest list this year — Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon, Private Benjamin star Goldie Hawn, Moulin Rouge heroine Nicole Kidman, actors Colin Farrell and Cate Blanchett, Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi and Czech director Jiri Menzel. “We want the festival to go global, that’s why we’ll have international celebs like Susan and Majid,” says the festival’s director Shankar Mohan. This proud lineup comes as a surprising change from what the festival has been known for in the past — stirring up storms and dud appearances. The inaugural ceremony of IFFI 2005 was mired in controversy after Amitabh Bachchan’s name as the chief guest was withdrawn at the last moment, purportedly because of the strained relations between the first family of Bollywood and the Nehru-Gandhi family. The initial years also had Kerala and Bengal fighting to claim the fest from Goa on grounds that the state lacks an inherent film culture. Industry experts share a mixed view. “Undoubtedly, an event gets more attention when Hollywood celebs are involved,” says filmmaker Pritish Nandy. Industry expert Taran Adarsh says, “We should have our own big stars too, though there’s no harm in having Hollywood celebs.” Trade analyst Amod Mehra adds, “Our own actors only attend events that give them mileage or money. So well, international celebs can pitch for to our cinema!”Santosh Mohite has been a ragpicker for two years.The 17-year-old who left school at the age of seven lives under a sheet on the pavement next to an open garbage dump in Mahim.He earns Rs. 100 per day wandering around illegal dumps and swamps, searching for plastic, copper, metal and bottles which he sells to recyclers. His life and that of two other teenage ragpickers of Dharavi have been featured in a documentary Waste, which has been selected for screening at the International Documentary Film Festival in Munich.The 37-minute film was made by Kandivli resident Parasher Baruah (32), a graduate of Pune’s Film and Television Institute of India.He shot it over three months on a budget of Rs. 50,000 after winning a fellowship from , an organisation that promotes social causes.“You find ragpickers in every square yard of the city. They are often migrants, mostly pavement dwellers, with a few bundles of clothes and utensils,” Baruah said. “And yet they unknowingly contribute to the process of recycling. They don’t like the work but at the same time it pays to feed them.”The BMC had just started developing green waste policies, but the unorganised sector had been doing it for years, he said. “At the very least they (ragpicker) would like to be given gloves and boots.”Sitting in his makeshift tent, Mohite said, “The work is okay but when I grow up I would like to work in a company.” He said he did not think the film would make a difference to his life. In the dump behind their home, sitting on a pile of old film reels, radio sets, wrappers and plastic, Alihaasan Khan (55) was picking out quality plastic. “I like my job,” he said.He claimed he earned more than Rs. 300 per day. Private trucks lined up outside bring trash from scrap dealers for people like him to sift through.The Surat police on Monday issued a lookout notice against jailed self-styled godman Asaram’s son Narayan Sai in connection with an FIR lodged against the duo for allegedly raping two sisters in Ahmedabad and Surat. The sisters alleged that the incidents took place between 2002 and 2004. The Surat police are likely to arrest Narayan Sai, who is reportedly hiding either in Gujarat or Madhya Pradesh.The police also issued the notice against Asaram's wife Lakshmi and daughter Bharti, who have also been named in the FIR for aiding in the crime."We have started the probe in the case. The notice has been issued to ensure that those named in the FIR are not able to escape from the police," a police official from Surat said. The police have also sought help of medical and forensic experts as the alleged case had taken place almost a decade ago.Controversial self-styled godman Asaram is at present lodged in the Jodhpur central jail under charges of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in his city ashram. Asaram is in jail since September 1. Last week, the Rajasthan high court had rejected his bail plea for his allegedly crime.A Jodhpur court has extended Asaram and his attendant Shiva's custody till October 11. Shilpi, another aide of the godman, has been sent to eight-day judicial custody.Asaram runs a multi-million spiritual empire with more than 400 ashrams spread across India, US, UK and African countries. He has a huge following base in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Delhi.Video: Lookout notice against Asaram's son Narayan SaiThe police issued a lookout notice on Monday against Narayan Sai, who along with his father, self-styled godman Asaram, has been accused of rape and sexual harassment by two Surat-based sisters. Sai has been missing since the complaint was filed on Sunday. He is believed to be hiding in Gujarat or Madhya Pradesh. Accused of raping a 16-year-old girl, Asaram is in Jodhpur central jail. The fresh case is one of several complaints that came against Asaram since he was booked for the rape of the minor. The police also issued the lookout notice against Asaram’s wife Lakshmi and daughter Bharti, as they were named in the FIR for aiding in the crime.“The notice has been issued to ensure that those named in the FIR are not able to escape,” said a police officer. Help has been sought from forensic experts since the alleged incident took place almost a decade ago.Twenty-seven years after the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act came into force, state deputy labour commissioner Sumita Mukherjee pleaded helplessness in curbing child labour blaming lack of infrastructure, poor coordination among various departments and political interference for the same, while pointing out loopholes in the act that opened up escape routes for offenders.“Everyone blames the labour department for doing nothing to curb child labour. But one should understand that our capabilities are limited. Section 13 of the CLPR Act states any person is authorised to file a complaint against child labour. The police have a big role to play here and the labour department cannot take sole responsibility for curbing child labour,” Mukherjee said at an event in the city on Tuesday. Mukherjee remarked that enforcement of the law is often a risky affair as employers and families of child labourers get violent when raids are conducted by the department. She also questioned the process of rehabilitation and the fate of child labourers once their employers are prosecuted.“Parents of child labourers plea with us that the family would be deprived of food if their children do not work. It is not always possible to overlook their claims. Even if we prosecute their employers, the children would in no way be benefited. Parents send their children to work once matters cool off after a few days. We lack the manpower to conduct frequent raids at all places,” Mukherjee said.“Also we lack coordination between various departments such as social welfare and education department to control child labour, probably because their priorities are different,” the deputy labour commissioner said.Mukherjee also expressed helplessness in curbing child labour in the bidi-making industry rampant in Murshidabad district, pointing to loopholes in the CLPR Act. “According to the law, family business is not considered hazardous for children.Since most bidi-making enterprises are family businesses, it is not possible to prosecute the employers,” Mukherjee said.Often political interference, as pointed out by Mukherjee, turns out to be an impediment.Last week, Ghanchakkar failed to live up to expectations, but that trend didn’t continue with Lootera, which released last Friday. The Ranveer Singh-Sonakshi Sinha starrer has collected an impressive Rs. 21.25 cr so far.“Lootera is not your typical commercial venture. It wasn’t expected to take the box office by storm anyway. So considering that, its business is more than justified. On Monday too, the film was stable at the box office. The makers must be happy with it,” says exhibitor and distributor Akshaye Rathi.Since the budget of the Vikramaditya Motwane film is around Rs. 26-27 cr, the trade is confident of a profit for the makers. Apparently, the satellite rights have been sold for Rs18 cr. Producer Ekta Kapoor says, “As a studio (Balaji), we back diverse cinema and Lootera is among our prized possessions. For its cost, release size and audience, it has worked well for everybody.”On the other hand, the week’s other release, Sanjay Dutt-starrer Policegiri has made only around Rs. 11.50 cr. “The problem is that it’s too routine a movie. And today, people always want something new. If they don’t get that, they will immediately reject the film,” says trade expert Komal Nahta.As per trade reports, Policegiri has been saved in single-screen theatres but it did not fare well in multiplexes. It’s believed that it suffered due to lesser shows in multiplexes.“Dutt is no longer a star who can draw in audiences in droves,” says Rathi. The film was reportedly made at a budget of Rs. 35-40 cr.Lord’s, the home of cricket and arguably the best ground in the world, is special even in normal times because of its tradition and history. But when it is an occasion such as the Ashes, with the Queen in the Pavilion and the sun shining, and England one up in the series, the atmosphere is magical. As the teams battle on the hallowed turf, the grass neatly cut in square patterns, the ground is buzzing with activity. The Lord’s Test is a significant social occasion; the members turn up in their special ties and hats, carrying picnic hampers to be consumed on the nursery ground lawns that have been converted into a bustling food village.Lord’s is in full-on carnival mode and as the Grenadier Guards Band entertains guests, it is the time to renew contacts and talk cricket. Every seat is taken, every ticket sold, all hospitality boxes crammed. Floating around the premises are legends (Richie Benaud, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Geoff Boycott, Andrew Strauss, Bob Willis, Nasser Hussain and Michael Vaughan) and stern stewards (seniors in the Pavilion area wearing white, others in blue) keep a watchful eye to ensure none of Lord’s traditions are breached.Perfect blendThough steeped in tradition, Lord’s is contemporary and on-the-ball when it comes to commercially leveraging its iconic brand. The Lord’s shop is stocked with Ashes memorabilia --- the usual clothing range (polos costing between ?25-35) plus replica miniature Ashes urn, fridge magnets, key rings and cuff links. Business is brisk and every opportunity to monetise a commercial opening is gratefully accepted. What Lord’s delivers, with a sense of immense pride, is an unforgettable experience of cricket, culture and understated class. Everything works because systems are tried and tested. The writer is a Delhi Daredevils officalThe powerful Indian cricket board has again had its way.It has arm-twisted its South African counterpart to keep aside CEO Haroon Lorgat and in turn, agreed to a truncated tour of the African nation in December.While the uncertainty lifted, fearful of the financial consequences if India did not tour, Cricket South Africa (CSA) agreed to keep Lorgat -- a hate figure for BCCI since his days as International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO -– away from its affairs, and effectively confining him to domestic cricket.Lorgat’s humiliation was complete after he was also barred from representing Cricket South Africa at the ICC’s committee until an inquiry is completed into whether he had a hand in comments made by a former legal adviser to CSA, David Becker, who slammed BCCI president N Srinivasan, adding fuel to the stand-off.India, who were expected to play three Tests and seven one-day internationals until the CSA overruled the Indian board’s objections and appointed Lorgat to its top job, will now play only two Tests and three ODIs.The Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, has highlighted the interest of America's second largest city in closely working with India, particularly in the area of clean technology."The future of Los Angeles was connected to the East and to the Asia-Pacific, including India," he told Indian ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao, during her recent visit to Los Angeles, according to the Indian Embassy.He mentioned that the emergence of Los Angeles as the centre for clean technology offered significant opportunities for cooperation with India. Villaraigosa, who has been leading Los Angeles, the in the United States, since 2005 and is the current president of the United States Conference of Mayors, also referred to the sister-city relationship between Los Angeles and Mumbai.He spoke of the important role played by Los Angeles in driving the economy of California and the US and appreciated that Rao chose to visit the city within a few months of arriving in the US. Rao thanked Villaraigosa for the warm welcome and noted the growing momentum of India-US relations built upon shared values and interests. She said that there was tremendous scope for strengthening ties between India and Los Angeles in diverse areas including high and clean technology, health, entertainment and education. Rao also noted India's interest in learning from Los Angeles' experience in mega city policing in the context of India-US counter-terrorism cooperation.Villaraigosa accepted Rao's invitation to visit India and expressed interest in going there sometime in 2012.American researchers have found the link between the success of a marriage and weight gain or loss.The researchers followed 169 newly-weds for four years and after every six months they checked the couple's body mass index (BMI).The results showed that the happier husbands and wives gained weight, while those who were losing weight were trying to make themselves more attractive to other partners, the Daily Express reported.Dr Andrea Meltzer at the psychology department of the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas supervised the research.Researchers have claimed that administering the hormone oxytocin, which facilitates attachment and bonding, to couples may improve their marital life.The University of Oxford researchers that an intranasal dose of the oxytocin along with marriage counselling could help married partners get closer, the Huffington Post reported.A previous mention of the love drug was in a 2008 study by the University of Zurich that found that couples receiving a dose of oxytocin in the form of a nasal spray had lower levels of stress hormones and showed positive behaviour during fights.The paper is set to be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Current Opinion in Psychology.If there is one thing that makes life worth living, it is love. On the physical plane, a juggernaut of forces and factors determine the balanced or compulsively imbalanced continuity of the goings-on in the cosmos. But isn’t it love that invigorates all creatures.Keeping the meander of ego aside, ponder over Maulana Jalauddin Rumi’s beautiful words, “If I love myself, I love you. If I love you, I love myself.”The gods too crave for a devotee’s outpouring of love, unquestioning surrender and overflowing affection, very much like a devotee who longs for divine love. What we seem to follow like a shadow is the belief that is essentially of two types — conditional and unconditional.Conditional love entails the coming together of a set of criteria to be fulfilled, for it to blossom on the buds of emotions. The criteria include promises, expectations, emotional pre-requisites, desires and sobering sacrifices by one or the other individual. It pieces together conditions, agreements and demands between loving individuals.Unconditional love stands at a higher level. Ideally, love between parents and children should be unconditional. But changing times and the engaging hand of Karma have diluted the rich essence to a concoction settled between conditional love and profound attachment.Pure love manifests itself in an individual’s thought, every spoken word and each shade of nature revealing the nuances of life to him or her. Love keeps the spark of life alive, becomes a harbinger of emancipation and communicates the strength of unknown forces hidden within us.At the same time, attachment itself may be undesirable, replete as our scriptures are with the message for awakened detachment.Although flashes of love, ego, affection, even obsession, sparkle in the stories of life in both plant and animal kingdoms, though not completely unconditional, human beings should strive hard. We need to abstain from violence in thought and deed to make the best of loving rain’s benevolence on a peace-parched, earth. Only then life’s purpose will be served.After banning mobile phones and jeans for women and girls in the village, a group of people in Asara village of Baghpat has told a couple to either leave the village or be ready to face the consequences. The couple’s fault is that they got married after falling in love, which is forbidden in the village.The distraught couple reported the matter to the police on Saturday and sought security during their stay in the village. The top cop of the district police has directed the Ramala police station to initiate action against the accused persons and to ensure the safety of the couple. “No one can compel the couple to move out of the village,” said SP of Baghpat Luxmi Singh, adding that she had told the cops to initiate stringent action against those who had threatened the couple.Mobin Khan, who is a resident of Asara village, fell in love with a girl Aasma of his neighbourhood and they got married with the consent of both the families three years ago. But a group of villagers did not like their marriage and mounted pressure on their families to ensure that they did not live in the village. Succumbing to the pressure, the couple finally shifted to Delhi where Mobin began his transport business to earn his livelihood.Anticipating that the villagers’ anger against their love marriage would have died out, they returned to their village after three years to celebrate Eid along with their family members. But the joy of festival turned into a nightmare for Mobin and his family when a group of villagers came to his house on Saturday morning and told Mobin and his family to either leave the village immediately or be ready to face dire consequences for defying the decree of panchayat issued after their marriage.The scared Mobin reported the matter to circle officer Ghanshyam Singh and urged him to provide security during his stay in the village.Asara came into limelight last year when a panchayat convened by the villagers banned the use of mobile phone and jeans for girls and women and also directed them not to go to the market alone. As a result of this, similar bans were also imposed on girls and women in other villages, which caused a row between progressive and conservative groups in the area. Terming it a biased attitude of the maledominated society Atul Sharma, president of an NGO Sankalp, demanded similar code of conduct for boys and men.“They impose ban only on girls and women and nothing happens to those who create troubles for them,” she said, urging youngsters to raise their voice against such discrimination.Housewife Li Bo once used to run the projector for Chinese soldiers, screening Hindi films they loved watching at their military base.“Oh, I know a lot about India,” the tall 53-year-old says, beaming as she talks through an interpreter at her home in the history-rich, narrow-laned Nanchizi neighbourhood in the centre of downtown Beijing.“I have a very good impression of India. I think Chinese people are very friendly towards India,” she said, as a furry spaniel sauntered aimlessly around her feet. Children giggled. “I know it’s true of all my friends and family also.”The usual suspect comes up within a minute.“I love Indian films ― and all the dancing,” she said, twirling her waist and moving her arms in her make-believe Bollywood moment.“I still buy CDs of Indian films if I can,” Li added. “I think I like Indian films the most among all the films I see ― Korean, English, everything.”Li’s son, a photographer, works in Australia and just got a permanent residency. She aims to travel there frequently now. Her son’s best friend, an Australian bachelor ― is crazy about only one thing: he (seriously) wants to marry an Indian woman.Li knows of an imaginary India she has seen through Bollywood ― a country where every woman has big eyes and wears lovely make-up, and where men are so jolly they dance every day on the streets.“I know nothing about the Indian IT industry,” she said, to the disappointment of the interpreter. “But I think India’s medicine system is very developed.”How do you know that, have you tried any Indian medicine, the reporter asked. “No, I have seen it in the Indian movies,” Li retorted with authority.Mild tremors were felt in the bordering districts of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh on Thursday morning. No loss of life or property has been reported so far.Mild shocks were experienced at about 8.03am in Sarguja division of Chhattisgarh and Jabalpur-Umaria-Shahdol area of Madhya Pradesh.The epicentre of the earthquake, of magnitude 5 on the Richter scale, was about 150 kms from Jabalpur division, Raipur MET office director ML Sahu told PTI. "It appears to be a low intensity earthquake with its epicentre nearly 150 kms away from Jabalpur," a scientist in-charge of observatory at Bargi hills near Jabalpur said.A report from Shahdol said the earthquake lasted for nearly 20-30 seconds, forcing people to come out of their houses in Shahdol-Annoppur area.Low-budget airline easyJet has launched a new fast track security service in a bid to lure business travelers away from major national carriers and onto their seats.Starting this month, passengers who purchase ‘flexi fares,’ will also be able to sail through airport security at 27 airports served by the airline.Flexible fares are offered on tickets that are ?79 (?93) one way, and come with services such as free date changes within four weeks of the travel dates, up-front seating, priority boarding and one checked and one carry-on baggage allowance.It’s the latest trend out of no-frills airlines which were initially created to cater to budget-conscious consumers.Now, carriers like Ryanair and easyJet are going after the other end of the market spectrum, trying to poach customer loyalty away from full-service carriers with upgrades which offer similar products at a fraction of the price.Ryanair estimates that 22 percent of its passengers are corporate flyers, while easyJet pegs their numbers at 10 million a year.EasyJet’s fast track security program will first be offered at airports in the UK, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland and France before rolling out system-wide.After a lull, the tussle over Telangana is back in the political circles here. Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Friday rejected the resignation of 13 anti-Telangana MPs of Andhra Pradesh from the House. The legislators, however, plan to stick to their stand and repeat the mass resignation episode. Kumar rejected their letters as she felt they were not tendered voluntarily — a pre-condition for accepting resignations — after talking to seven of these MPs personally. Sources claimed that as some MPs had openly said that they are under pressure from their voters to resign. Thus, she did not consider the set of resignations as voluntary. Kumar also personally met seven MPs while others failed to meet her to explain their position. But an undeterred Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, a senior MP of this group that resigned in protest to creation of Telangana, told HT, “The matter is not yet over. We will continue to press for our resignation. We can not remain silent when the state is getting divided.”For the past few sessions of Parliament, The Congress has faced pressure from the two groups — for and against Telangana. The protests from both sides had often held Parliament hostage. In the upcoming session too, the UPA leadership is expected to face the heat on the contentious issue. Out of the 13 MPs who had tendered their resignation, 10 belonged to the Congress.Reply to an RTI query has revealed that the Medical Council of India (MCI) is ignorant of the fact whether or not its directives are being implemented. In 2012, the MCI had decided to allot nearly 4% of the total teaching hours in the first two years of MBBS to sports and extracurricular activities, including yoga. Under the new regulations, 78 of the total 1,880 academic hours in the first two years had to be allotted to sports, extracurricular activities and yoga. Professionally qualified yoga teachers and trainers were upbeat as they thought they could get a job in medical colleges of the state but the plan did not take shape because medical colleges in the state did not follow the regulations.The MCI, in a written reply to an RTI query, has admitted that it does not know how many medical colleges follow MCI directives.Deputy secretary and PIO, MCI Dr Reena Nayyar has replied to the query of yoga teacher Amit Khanna, a resident of Indira Nagar Lucknow, saying that PIO, Uttar Pradesh State Medical Faculty, through a letter dated July 17, specifically said that he had no information about yoga activities in medical colleges of the state.Amit Khanna said, ??I wanted to know in which medical colleges of the state yoga activities were underway as per the guidelines of the MCI. If the activities were not going on, then what steps was the MCI taking to start yoga in medical colleges of the state? I was surprised to know that the MCI was not serious about implementation of its own directives. It did not even know what steps it was going to take to start yoga in medical colleges.??A senior member of MCI said on condition of anonymity, ??Physical education was never a priority for medical students The new regulation was framed to keep medicos fit through yoga and sports, but most of the medical colleges have not been able to implement it, perhaps due to pressure of studies.??An official of the KGMU said, ??The medical coll e ge has vast g rounds but no sports or yoga activ-ity takes place because students are already overburdened with studies. But if professionals are appointed for yoga or sports, things might change, as they can help medicos stay fit.??The Qaiserbagh heritage walk -- an ambitious project of the state government to give people a feel of the rich glory of the area -- has got stuck in a ‘secret passage’, literally. Reason: A narrow underpass on the heritage walk route connecting the Raushan-ud-Daulah Kothi to Qaiserbagh Gate (West) has become a bone of contention between the tourism department, which conceptualised the walk, and the owners of Raja Salempur House (through which the underpass passes).While the tourism department maintains that the underpass was a ‘secret way to Qaiserbagh’ (as mentioned on the route map), the owners of the sprawling mansion -- Salempur House next to the Qaiserbagh Gate assert that it is their property. As a result, the walk, which promised to offer visitors a morning stroll through the narrow bylanes of the heritage-rich Qaiserbagh circuit, has been put on the back burner yet again. The secret way is one of the 21 landmarks on the route of the walk.“We can’t start the walk on this route unless Raja saheb allows us,” said RS Yadav, joint director, tourism. More importantly, the hurdle has appeared in the way of the walk when its route, proposed in 2010, has been finalised.After an encouraging response to its first heritage walk in Old City, the tourism department had in October 2010 announced this walk - from General Kothi to Qaiserbagh Circle. After much delay, the department finally announced that it would be started in May this year. But now when Raja Mohammad Sajjad, one of the owners of the huge mansion, has started some construction work in the nearly 100-meter stretch, the tourism department presents this as a hurdle. The officials said they tried persuading the owners to allow use of the underpass, but in vain.“Some of the officials met the owners of the Kothi. They said the portion under discussion belonged to their relative Raja Mohammad Sajjad,” added Yadav. In sharp contrast to the claims of tourism officials, Raja Mohammad Sajjad said that the portion where he was constructing an office was his property. He said he was in possession of records and maps that would support his claim. He, however, said no one from the department came to him.“They met my nephew and not me. I am open to any compromises that promise to promote our heritage. But I won’t let my privacy be affected,” said Raja Sajjad. Amidst controversy over the secret way, Yadav said, “The department would try to persuade the Kothi owners, failing which they would find an alternative to it.”A black and white photograph of a crowded train powered by oxen and Army mules dating back to 1907. Even before reading the caption, you know it’s a moment from the era when trains were driven by animals in the early 20th century The picture of the oldest trains -- known as ‘Patiala Monorail’ plying on SirhandMorinda sector -- caught everyone’s eye at an exhibition of rare photographs of the Indian Railways that opened for the public at the Qaiserbagh-based Lalit Kala Akademi on Wednesday.Many such historic photographs, like the one showcasing how elephants were used for pushing odd wagons in goods sheds, on display during the expo marking the 160 years of Indian Railways, captured the very essence of Railways and its intimate relationship with life and travel in India. “It is a good opportunity for visitors to learn more about Indian Railways and its development over the years. These photographs present life in those days and I have enjoyed it and hope visitors will like it,” said KK Atal, general manager, after inaugurating the expo here. The exhibition, entry for which is free, is open till 2 pm on September 16.From a picture of a passenger train carrying flood victims to their respective destinations to the ones showing late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru inspecting a locomotive and Mahatma Gandhi alighting from a third-class wooden compartment, the exhibition takes one through the glorious past of the Indian Railways.The event, ‘160 years of Indian Railways’ is a showcase of 190 rare photographs of the public carrier, including bridges, loco maintenance, old passenger coach carriages, wagons, stations etc. Divided in four different segments, the exhibition enables visitors to be acquainted with role of railways in the freedom struggle and its contribution in nation building.“It is an attempt to cull out the interesting moments of the developmental journey, concentrating primarily on the first 100 years of its inception,” said Anoop Kumar, divisional railway manager, NER, Lucknow.Another interesting section of the exhibition is the railway bridges and tunnels where few of the most exemplary works of engineering are on display. A very old picture of the Charbagh railway station, almost deserted, suggests how the state capital’s railway stations and trains have moved on. The exhibition also throws light on the glorious past of NER through eye-catching photographs.Women Power Line (WPL)-1090 has stepped in to ensure safety of school girls commuting in private vans/buses. As part of the measures, WPL will ask school managements to prepare a database of drivers so that they can be kept under constant vigil. Display of 1090 stickers on school vehicles will also be made mandatory.Deputy i nspector general (DIG), Lucknow Range, Navniet Sekera, who also supervises the Power Line, made an announcement to this effect after Hindustan Times carried a report based on a letter of a girl who shared the harrowing experience of her friend. “The facts narrated by the school girl in her letter are shocking. We promise certain measures that will ensure that girls don’t face such ordeal while commuting to school,” said the DIG.Sekera said he would soon hold a meeting of principals and managements to discuss the issue. Educational institutions would be directed to ensure display of 1090 stickers on every school van/bus. And this would be mandatory even for private vehicles ferrying schoolgirls, said the DIG.The DIG said schools would also be asked to collect detailed information of the drivers like photographs, phone numbers, address and information about the vehicles being driven by them.Through these details, the WPL staff would be able to keep crosschecking the credentials of drivers randomly. He said this would also make the drivers feel that they are under constant vigil and any wrongdoing could land them in trouble. 1 LAKH POWER ANGELSThe WPL also plans to extend its network to the classrooms by deputing representatives called Power Angels.DIG Navniet Sekera said, “We are coordinating with at least 30,000 schools and colleges in the state and their principals would be asked to suggest names of the girls who could be made Power Angels.”These Power Angels would help victims approach the WPL.He said one Power Angel each would also be deputed in around 53,000 village panchayats of UP. “Arvind Singh Gope, minister of state (rural development) too had assured us help in promoting WPL and spreading awareness about 1090 in rural areas,” added Sekera.A woman constable was terminated from her services on Wednesday for allegedly running an inter-state flesh trade racket. Usha Singh Tomar has been behind bars since April 11, 2011 when she was arrested along with her husband Ram Prakash Singh Tomar from Kanpur’s Fazalganj police area.A departmental probe was ordered against her recently following her absence from duty for over two years now.“The probe revealed she used to remain absent from duty frequently even before her arrest. She, however, had claimed she was framed due to departmental enmity. After the allegations against her were confirmed, she was terminated by senior superintendent of police J Ravinder Goud,” said district police spokesman Alok Pathak. He said recommendation has also been made to give bad entries to two constables -Narendra Singh, presently posted in Kanpur and Deep Chandra, posted in Varanasi -- for trying to manipulate the probe. He said the duo gave false statements in the woman constable’s favour during investigation.A source said the woman constable and her husband were arrested on information provided by their aide Zameel Ahmad, who was arrested in April 2011.He said Ahmad had told the police that the couple were running the sex racket from Chakeri area of Kanpur and had expanded it to nearby districts.“The woman constable was earlier sent to jail in a murder case and was suspended from 1994 to 1997. However, she managed to evade her termination from the force due to political links,” the source said.A modular operation theatre (OT) at the Civil Hospital, set up at a cost of Rs. 1.5 crore, is in ‘coma’ since 2011. It’s lying unused because it does not even have the basic facilities such as central gas system and an anaesthesia station. Apart from the lack of equipment, a wrongly fitted light over the operation table gives very little room to doctors performing a surgery.Due to the shortcomings, none of the doctors have agreed to operate their patients here and as a result the theatre -- built during the previous BSP regime -- is lying unused since 2011. Even after the amount of money spent on it, the OT needs more funds, equipment and time before patients can be operated here.Doctors say without central gas supply, anaesthesia station and adequate equipment there is risk for patients who may be operated here. “There were practical difficulties inside the theatre that prevented doctors from doing their job in it,” said Dr SK Hasan, chief medical superintendent, Civil Hospital.During trial in 2011, when a surgeon attempted to bend upon the operating table to check if the height of the table was OK for him to perform a surgery, his head banged with the light fitted right above the table. An OT light is placed above the operation table to facilitate surgeons with clear vision during an operation. But the space between the table and the light is such that surgeon can’t operate without being hurt.The health directorate recently sought a proposal for corrective measures in the operating theatre, which was otherwise thought to be ready for operations.“We have sent a proposal for central gas supply and anaesthesia station in the OT,” said Dr Hasan.However, this will take some time and a lot of money again. The central gas supply would cost Rs. 25-30 lakh while the modular trolley would require another Rs. 12 lakh. At present, the civil hospital has five OTs apart from the one being discussed. Being a modular operating theatre, this was thought to be the best with zero-infection rate in comparison to the others.The Indian Railways is set to go green by rolling out engines fuelled by environment friendly and cost-effective liquefied natural gas (LNG). Though in the preliminary stage, the railways -- which currently uses coal, diesel and electricity as fuels -- gradually plans to switch over to the globally recognised natural gas powered locomotives.The Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) -the Lucknow research wing of the Railways -- is working on development of a prototype of an LNG-powered locomotive, as part of its efforts to adopt environment-friendly and costeffective alternative fuels. “Once the prototype is proven on the field, the Railways plans to build another 20 LNG-based locomotives on the same concept,” said AK Mathur, spokesperson, RDSO. It would take another 2-3 years for putting the locomotives for commercial usage, after passing all the safety tests, he added.With the introduction of this technology, the Railways expects a 50% reduction in operating costs of locomotives. In addition, there would be an elimination of smoke from the locomotives and significant reductions in other regulated and unregulated emissions.“Once the Railways switches over completely to natural gas as fuel for its diesel locomotives, it would amount to only 2.2 % of India’s annual natural gas consumption of 81 million tonnes and therefore commercially feasible,” said a railway official.At present, Indian Railways uses coal, diesel and electricity as fuels for running its fleet of locomotives. Prices of both these fuels have been rising rapidly due to increasing prices of crude oil and imported coal, devaluation of the rupee and such factors that, apart from environment concerns, has prompted the public carrier to think of an alternate fuel.Already, a short distance diesel electrical multiple unit (DEMU) has been converted into a compressed natural gas (CNG) driven locomotive in Shakoor Basti in Delhi. The concept would be soon replicated in 40 other trains.“CNG is used for short distances while LNG would be applicable for long distance trains as well,” added the official. LNG is a natural gas (predominantly methane) that has been converted to liquid form for ease of storage or transport.It is pertinent to mention here that the Indian Railways is one of the first railway transport systems in the world to plan LNG-run locomotives for long distances.Budding shooter from city Samarjit Singh on Sunday did India proud by winning gold medal at 6th Asian Shooting Championship in Tehran.In the youth category, Samarjit shot 568 in the qualifying round and went into the finals (top 8) at 5th place.Once there, he led right from the word go and didn’t let his competitors come anywhere near him in the 10m air pistol with a final tally of 197.5 points.The silver and bronze medals went to Iranian and Chinese shooters respectively at the event, which saw participation from many Asian nations.Being coached by his father and national shooter Mukuljeet Singh, 15-year-old Samarjit, a resident of Mall Avenue here, showed his class and proved that this was just the beginning and he was capable of achieving much bigger goals.The shooting star was left disappointed after he finished fifth in the previous edition of the event in China and this time he wanted to prove a point to himself. “I was committed to do well this time as I had a disappointing fifth place finish at the Asian meet in China last time,” an exulted Samarjeet told HT soon after his win.“I corrected my technique with the guidance of my father and that helped me in striking gold.”On his next goal, Samarjit said: “I have my eyes set on next year’s Youth Olympics and the World Championship.”Samarjit, a student of Class 10 at the Doon School, was the flag bearer for India at the recently held Youth Asian Games in China.They first broke barriers at home and now, their popularity has transcended national boundaries. Red Brigade, Lucknow’s young group of fighters, is a popular group worldwide.The group, comprising girls who have been victims of sexual abuse at home and on the streets, has more than a dozen articles, documentaries and radio programmes made on them in various parts of the globe.There have been some live chat shows in which the girls were made to participate from India. A self-defence trainer from London came to give free training to the Red Brigade and offered them jobs as trainers in her world-renowned self-defence institute.Not just this, the g roup also has i nvitations f rom Australia, US, Germany, France, Switzerland and Italy for which passport and paper work is on.Leader of the group Usha Vishwakarma, 25, says, “We had been working for our rights within our locality Madiaon for a couple of years. But when we moved on the streets after the Delhi gang rape, people began to look at us as fighters.”Articles on the group were carried in newspapers and news channels in India highlighted the story of courage of 20 odd young girls who dared to fight for their rights after being abused by their near and dear ones.The news channels, newspapers, journals, magazines and radio channels from other countries too approached the Red Brigade to cover their story and to highlight the condition of women in India through their stories.Australian Brodcast Corporation ABC and German TV ARD made a documentary on Red Brigade. The others include The Guardian in UK, UAE’s daily newspaper ‘The National’ and BBC London.“We had not realised that our lives would change like this. So many people from so many countries have come to us. They have stayed with us for days and made films/articles on our valour,” said Usha.Notably, all the girls of the Red Brigade hail from very humble backgrounds. Majority includes daughters of daily wage labourers. Some even have the burden of their families on their own shoulders.Usha says, “We asked them as to what was so unique about us that was drawing people f rom f ar of f places t o our slum? Many of them said that while India had always been known for its pathetic conditions, poverty and poor state of women,Red Brigade was seen as a group that dared to change the common notion. So they came to us.”Will monuments in the city ever get rid of squatters and encroachers? With the high court recently constituting a committee to remove encroachments from protected monuments, the issue has once again gained momentum with experts arguing whether there would be any action this time or the committee would meet the same fate as its predecessors.Having requested the district administration to get the monuments rid of squatters several times before, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) - the central heritage watchdog - does not seem much excited. The agency can only request, but not compel the district authorities to evict illegal occupants, they reason. ??We have been writing to the district administration for years now. Ultimately, it is them who have to implement,?? an ASI official said.In 2011, the high court had directed the district administration to remove encroachments around the monuments but they have only increased in number, he added.Presently, of 249 centrally protected monuments suffering from encroachment in the country, 79 are in Uttar Pradesh. While 13 of them come under the Agra circle of the ASI, 66 others are in the Lucknow circle.??ASI is toothless. We need an implementation agency to handle the heritage and political will to get things going on g round,?? said Mohammad Haider on whose PIL the court constituted the committee on October 10.Haider??s cynicism may not be entirely misplaced. On ground, ASI, which is responsible for conservation and protection of monuments, has no authority of implementing the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, which governs its functioning.In that case, ASI seeks assistance from district administration.The buck then stops at the district administration. Off and on, there have been drives for eviction of encroachments by the administration with success in some cases. But in the majority, it is the encroachers whose will prevails. At times, fear of strict action taking religious turn also pushes the administration on the back foot.??The committee would meet after festivals,?? a district administration official said.Batsman Jesse Ryder will return to top-level cricket in New Zealand next week, ready to put behind him a year in which he served a six-month doping ban and survived an assault that left him in a coma with serious head injuries.The 29-year-old, who had been in self-imposed exile from the New Zealand team following another breach of team discipline, makes his return to the field for his new first-class side Otago against his former team Wellington next week."After this year, you could probably say that I've been through the worst things you could go through, for my career at least anyway," Ryder told Fairfax Media on Sunday."The drug thing, that could have been my career over if I'd been given a two-year ban, which had been a possibility. Then with what happened in Christchurch, that too could have easily been the end of it for my career."I wouldn't look at it like I've been given a second chance at life. I'm just lucky, I guess."Ryder spent almost a week in hospital in late March after an incident outside a Christchurch bar left him with a fractured skull and rib injuries. He was kept in an induced coma for more than two days.While he was recovering from the assault, he was informed he had tested positive for two stimulants which are banned in competition and handed a six-month provisional ban on April 19.Ryder said he had checked the weight-loss supplement on the Internet and sought advice, a fact that New Zealand's top anti-doping authority, Drug Free Sport NZ, took into consideration when imposing a six-month ban rather than a two-year penalty."You do all the research and you find there is nothing wrong with the product. The one mistake I made was that I didn't ask Drug Free Sport New Zealand about the product," he added."But if I had asked them, they would have basically said they couldn't find anything wrong with the product but that taking it could be a risk."Ryder's biggest battle, however, had been recovering from the injuries he sustained in March. He had initially found it difficult to exert himself and was still forgetting things, though he also noted that he was lucky to be alive."At first, I just couldn't walk properly. My balance was just so off and I was struggling to walk and the weakness was crazy," said Ryder, who indicated he would like to return to the New Zealand side one day."Just walking to the bathroom and back, I'd be breathless, you know, taking in big, deep breaths."It took ages to get back to normal."After being told what happened, you start thinking a bit. I mean, we've all heard the stories of guys hitting their heads and dying after being punched and falling to the ground."I look back and think I am lucky not to be dead."Bestselling novelist Chetan Bhagat has now turned a Bollywood scriptwriter.After writing the screenplay of "Kai Po Che!" -- an adaptation of his novel "The 3 Mistakes of My Life" -- the 38-year-old author from Mumbai is now writing the script for a Telugu film remake. The film, titled "Kick", will star Salman Khan."It is the story of a man who lives for passion and kick," Bhagat told IANS in an interview."I'm lucky Bollywood has liked my stories. It feels good because writers don't get noticed so much. Not only they are making films on my books, but I'm also working with big and talented people," he said."Kai Po Che!", directed by Abhishek Kapoor, is a story of three friends in Ahmedabad and the upheaval in their lives."It is the third time my story has been made into a movie. It feels special. 'Kai Po Che!' is even more special because I have written the screenplay too."It is a nicely-made movie. The final copy is not yet ready, but I have seen it in parts," he said."OneNight@The Call Centre" was made into a film titled "Hello" (2008) and "Five Point Someone" into "3 Idiots" (2009).Bhagat's other novels are "2 States" and "Revolution 2020".He says the trend of adapting books into movies is still to pick up in India, especially in Bollywood."I hope this trend picks up. When people go to see a movie, they want to see a good story and if the filmmaker picks up a good and popular novel, he is starting at a good base."Bhagat, an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi and Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad, wants to influence people. "I want to reach more and more Indians. I want to influence people with my writing and I have used entertainment to get their attention," he said.He said making movies on books was not easy."It is difficult for a filmmaker when he is to make a book into a movie because in that case, you are competing with the readers' imagination," he said."A reader has to read the book and he can imagine, but the filmmaker has to imagine all that and create it (on screen), which is difficult. 'Kai Po Che!' is better than the book and I know that because I have done the script."Former Ludhiana district Congress vice-president Bhagwan Das Sood joined the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in the presence of SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal here on Friday.Speaking on the occasion after presenting a siropa to Sood, Sukhbir welcomed him to the SAD fold, saying that the party would give adequate respect to leaders coming in its ambit, a party spokesman said here.Sukhbir also urged SAD leaders to gear up for the parliamentary elections and work hard to win all 13 seats in Punjab.Michael Lumb struck an unbeaten 82 as the Sydney Sixers overwhelmed the Highveld Lions by 10 wickets with 45 balls to spare Sunday in the Champions League Twenty20 final at the Wanderers.South Africa-born Lumb and Brad Haddin (38 not out) were deceptively cautious for a few overs before giving an exhibition of 20-over batting at its best to reach 124-0 in 12.3 overs after the Lions made a paltry 121 off 20 overs.Lumb did have his moment of luck -- dropped by Gulam Bodi at the boundary when on 17 -- but made the most of it to slam eight fours and five sixes and win the golden bat award for highest scorer in the tournament.The over after Lumb was dropped, skipper Haddin has his lucky escape at the boundary, with the culprit this time being Dwaine Pretorius, and from then on it was a question of how quickly the Sixers would wrap it up.Fittingly, it was a four from Lumb that brought the rout to an end, leaving the Sydney franchise $2.5 million richer while Lions skipper Alviro Petersen collected a $1.3 million cheque.Lions began disastrously as the Sixers sprang a surprise by starting with spinners rather than pace men and had middle-order Jean Symes (51) to thank for reaching 121 with the last wicket falling off the final ball of the innings.Molten rock may have been presenton the Moon's surface more recently and for longer periods than previously thought, a new study has found, which may help determine the exact age of the Earth's natural satellite.As the lunar magma ocean cooled over millions of years, it differentiated to form the Moon's crust and mantle.However, according to a new analysis by planetary scientists from Brown University, this wasn't the last time the Moon's surface was melted on a massive scale.The research using NASA's Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA), led by researcher William Vaughan, shows that the impact event that formed the Orientale basin on the Moon's western edge and far side produced a sea of melted rock 220 miles across and at least six miles deep.Similar seas of impact melt were probably present at various times in at least 30 other large impact basins on the Moon.Vaughan and his colleagues show that as these melt seas cooled, they differentiated in a way that was similar to the lunar magma ocean. As a result, rocks formed in melt seas could be mistaken for pristine rocks formed very early in the Moon's history, the researchers say."This work adds the concept of impact melt magma seas to the lexicon of lunar rock-forming processes," said planetary geologist James W Head III, senior researcher of the study."It emphasises that one must consider the detailed point of origin of the rocks in order to interpret them correctly," James said in a statement.That includes rocks brought back during the Apollo program and Russia?s Luna missions. It's quite possible, the researchers say, that impact melt material is present in lunar samples thought to be representative of the early formation of the lunar crust.The amount of rock formed in melt seas is far from trivial. Vaughan and his colleagues estimate that impacts forming the Moon's 30 large basins produced 100 million cubic kilometres of melt, enough to make up 5 percent of the Moon?s crust.If lunar samples do include melt material, it would help to explain some puzzling findings from lunar samples. For example, in 2011 an analysis of a sample assumed to have originated in the early lunar crust suggested that the sample was 200 million years younger than the estimated time when the lunar magma ocean solidified.That led some researchers to conclude either that the Moon is younger than previously estimated or that the lunar magma ocean theory was flawed. But if that sample actually originated from a melt sea, its young age could be explained without rewriting the history of the Moon.The study was published in the journal Icarus.Trump Hotel Collection is the latest hotel chain to join the health and wellness movement, launching services that offer low-calorie menus and fitness programs that allow guests to work out in their room.Debuting on Monday, the “Trump Wellness” program rolled out across the brand’s luxury properties in the US, Canada and Panama in partnership with Technogym and sports apparel brand Under Armour, which will provide footwear and workout gear for guests.Pre-loaded iPod shuffles are also available.Guests who prefer to work out from the comfort of their hotel room can also call upon the concierge to bring up yoga mats, stretch bands, and light weights, while those who want to hit the pavement are offered maps of local running paths mapped by each Trump Hotel Collection property.The dietary component of the wellness program includes a range of gluten-free, vegan, and organic meals with nutritional information, as well as a Quick Bites menu that offers meals to go in 15 minutes or less. Minibars have also been made over to include healthier snacks.Where possible, select properties will also be sourcing vegetables, herbs and other ingredients through local farmers and artisanal producers.Trump Hotel Collection joins a string of other hotel chains that have caught on to the demand for healthy travel, particularly among the business set who are regularly on the road and want to maintain a healthy lifestyle.Westin Hotels and Resorts, for instance, will loan guests a pair of New Balance sneakers and workout clothes, and even a ‘running buddy’ who will accompany guests on their run in a foreign city.The MGM Grand in Las Vegas also offers “Stay Well” rooms that include spa menus, wake-up light therapy, air purification and aromatherapy, vitamin C-infused showers and wellness videos from Deepak Chopra.And Fairmont Hotels & Resorts offers a “Fairmont Fit” program that includes fitness gear, mp3 players, bikes on loan and running clubs.A concept meant to bring street art indoors has transformed the soaring marble walls of the luxury ME London Hotel into a nine-storey tall graffiti mural.Organized by Street Art London, five internationally renowned Italian, British, South African and Spanish street artists have collaborated on the project “Outside In,” being given carte blanche to take over the normally stark, 30-meter tall marble walls of the hotel atrium with spray cans and brushes.Among some of the star artists is Thierry Noir, described as the ‘forerunner’ of the modern street art movement. One of Noir’s legacies, for example, was tagging the Berlin Wall throughout the 1980s in an attempt to “make it ridiculous, and ultimately, to help destroy it,” says Street Art London. Since, his artwork has been associated with symbols of freedom.An art projection will also be shown daily between 3pm and 8pm on the first floor hotel atrium.The same group has also collaborated with London restaurant Tramshed, presenting an exhibit of street art from RUN and Dscreet at the Cock ‘n’ Bull gallery beneath the restaurant. “A Foot in the Door” runs until July 25.“Outside In” ends August 10. Fans of street art can also participate in weekly tours with Street Art London, which hits the streets of East London Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.It’s younger, sportier, aggressive and bold. Meet the new Mercedes Benz E-Class, which aims to add a touch of sophistication to its already luxurious avatar. We take a sneak peek to determine the car’s qualities and to find why it is one of the most preferred models in the Mercedes Benz India lineup. Sharp ExteriorSThe new front end features a prominent grille with an inserted star and composite LED head lamp clusters. The side caters to a longer profile, courtesy a sharp edged line that runs right across from the front to the rear along with elegant looking five-spoke 18 inch alloy wheels. The rear offers a newly shaped bumper, with chrome finished dual tail pipes and a pair of freshly designed tail lights.Fun Interiors In terms of design, there aren’t many changes, except a new analogue clock that can be found in the center of the dash, along with a bigger COMAND screen, which offers a higher resolution than before. In terms of comfort, the rear seats offer an improved under-thigh-support than before. Overall, the cabin comes across as spacious, bright and very airy.PerformanceMercedes Benz is currently offering only two engine variations on the E - Class, which comprise of E250 CDI and E200 petrol. We tested the E250 CDI, which is a diesel variant. The drive is refined and very comfortable. This sedan caters to two different driving modes — Economy and Sport. In economy mode, the engine behaves normally, thereby resulting in better fuel efficiency. In the Sports variant, it goes ballistic on just a tap of the accelerator. If you really wish to rev the machine hard, you might be disappointed, as the gear box is not quick. But even then, driving within the city or overtaking on the highway isn’t difficult. The feature of a start-stop button is an added benefit for the purpose of saving fuel.Luxury property the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh is the latest to open a ladies-only floor designed to put traveling women at ease and make them feel “comfortable and secure.”Dubbed the “Pearl Floor,” the all-female area is fitted with 20 premium and deluxe rooms, as well as two executive suites.Staff on the 48th floor, which features an express check-in desk, is likewise male-free, manned with all female workers.It’s the latest hotel to open a space that effectively bans men from use. The Bella Sky Hotel in Copenhagen became the first in Europe to reserve an entire floor for the exclusive use of women when it opened in 2011.It continued to operate despite a ruling that declared the scheme illegal under discrimination laws.The Dukes Hotel in London also toyed with the concept in 2011 with the designation of ‘Duchess Rooms,’ serviced entirely by female room attendants. Rooms catered to female needs and whims with makeup mirrors, styling accessories, glossy magazines and fresh flowers.To appeal to the female sensibility, the Pearl Floor Lobby highlights a sweeping staircase, bathroom vanities, fine upholstery and linens.Back on the Pearl Floor, meanwhile, female guests have access to free Wifi, complimentary drinks, a ladies-only gym as well as spa services such as facials, body and hair care products, yoga mats, a healthy, in-room dining menu and personalized welcome kit.The merger and acquisition (M&A) space in India is in the middle of a slowdown with fewer deals so far this year. This, however, is part of an overall across-the-board global lack of confidence in corporate deals, say industry experts. Consulting firms that advise on M&A are however optimistic that deal-making may pick up pace going forward.“Growth in India has slowed down and that is a major deterrent for investments in the M&A space,” said Avinash Gupta, leader of financial advisory and senior director, Deloitte India. The year-to-date (YTD) M&A deal value in 2013 was down 27% year-on-year, according to information from Grant Thornton Deal Tracker, which tracks M&A and related activity in India. However, excluding internal mergers and restructuring deals, the overall M&A deal value had increased by 55% at the end of August from a year ago.Some blame it on sellers’ greed. “Internally, within companies, expectations from the sellers about the value of their companies are sometimes unrealistic, in excess to what the buyers are willing to pay,” Gupta added about why M&A activity in India is slowing down.According to Grant Thornton in August, the largest M&A deal was ONGC Videsh acquiring 10% of Rovuma Area 1 Offshore Block in Mozambique for $2.64 billion.In the M&A space in August in India, top deals were in the oil and gas sector, telecom, cement, real estate and IT & ITeS, according to Grant Thornton.Utility vehicle maker Mahindra and Mahindra said on Wednesday that it will invest Rs. 10,000 crore in the next three years towards capacity expansion and launching new products. The company said it is in talks with Maharashtra government for setting up a new plant in the state. Pawan Goenka, president (automotive and farm equipment), Mahindra and Mahindra, said: "In the next three years we are investing Rs. 10,000 crore, of which Rs. 7,500 crore is for capex on automotive and farm equipment and another Rs. 2,500 crore on group companies."The release date for Apple's gorgeous new cylindrical Mac Pro was teased in a clip shown in US movie theaters over the weekend (August 16-19). Apple's forthcoming Mac Pro has the appearance of a hollow cylinder and features next-generation Intel Xeon processors with up to 12 cores and dual workstation GPUs powered by AMD FirePro -- which will give it up to two and a half times faster graphics than the previous Mac Pro -- and it will be capable of driving three ultra-high-definition (4K) resolution displays at the same time.Over the weekend prior to Monday, August 19, a teaser trailer for the Mac Pro was shown in US cinemas before various movies, reports MacRumors. The trailer, which was first shown at the WWDC event where the Mac Pro was revealed, shows the new device from several angles, and, according to reports on MacRumors, now ends with the line "Fall 2013."This gives the first real indication of when the device will launch, although it is hardly something concrete; no pricing for the Mac Pro has yet been announced.We all know of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest in which millions of people share thoughts, ideas, views, pictures and facts in a global buzz. Now, what if machines could talk to each other just like this, letting each other know about what’s going on inside them?Well, something like that is happening, and it is called the industrial Internet. Some days ago, I met William Ruh, vice-president of the global software centre for General Electric (GE), which is a leading force in esoteric high-technologies in the manufacturing field with interests in thermal and mechanical systems, chemical engineering, electrical systems and materials.All those areas of research are now connected by “software sciences” and analytics. GE, officially an “old economy” titan, actually has 13,000 people in these areas of which 2,500 are based in India.Now, imagine machines that have sensitive electronic sensors that sense heat, light and other factors and measure them and convey the data digitally. These are the “status messages” of the machines from where these data emanate. Just like social media analysts crunch tweets and messages to generate insights, engineers can analyse machine data to dramatically improve efficiency, save energy and come out with innovations.Here are three trends that Ruh sees:? By linking simple cellphones to machines, the cost of making machines efficient has come down significantly (you can switch on/off a machine with cellphones)? Sensors and controls linked to machines that have Internet addresses (just like your Twitter handle) are spewing data that can be used for feedback? Such industrial data are much more in volume than the kind of stuff people are entering through computers“When 50 billion machines get connected, there are going to be business opportunities,” says Ruh.GE has evolved partnerships with companies such as Amazon, Pivotal (a unit of EMC) and Accenture to take the industrial Internet forward, making sense of the beehive buzz of connected machines.Macquarie University offers international postgraduate research scholarships (IPRS) and additional international Macquarie University Research Excellence (iMQRES) scholarships Eligibility: The applicants who are a citizen of a country other than Australian/New Zealand, and not an Australian permanent resident are eligible to apply. The candidates must have already completed, or expect to complete a research master’s degree in 2013 and are enrolling as a full-time student in 2014. IPRS applicants will receive a matching Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship stipend at the Australian postgraduate award (APA) stipend rate, currently $24,653 pa, tax exempt (2013) How to apply: For more details, visit hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/scholarships/scholarship_-_documents/IPRSInformationforapplicants_2014roundFinal.pdfLast date to apply: August 31, 2013California-based Apple-centric conference and expo Macworld will be re-branded as Macworld iWorld in 2012 to signify the gradual shift away from desktop Macintosh computers and towards i-devices and iOS applications."The brand is evolving from Macworld [Expo] to MacworldiWorld to illustrate that the show is about the whole ecosystem of Apple products," Paul Kent, Macworld/ iWorld vice president and general manager, told Macworld Magazine.Founded in 1985, the Macworld Conference and Expo is the largest annual Apple Macintosh event in the world.In 2012 Macworld/ iWorld is attempting to ditch its image as a technology industry-only event hoping instead to become "the ultimate iFan event" by offering cheaper entrance prices (starting from $25) and placing more emphasis on Apple culture."Macworld/ iWorld goes beyond simply reflecting the current state of the Apple marketplace to amplifying all the different ways that Apple-related products are changing the technology and art landscape every day," said Paul Kent in an October 25 statement.'Appleification' has become the latest trend in the technology world, with device makers and software developers honing in on Apple??s design aesthetic and attention to detail to create products that are simple and easy-to-use yet good-looking and functional."We??re going to see more products and companies that adhere to Apple-like ideals and priorities," said prominent technology writer John Gruber commenting on Apple??s dominance and influence in the technology world.In 2012 Macworld / iWorld will debut a new music experience and film event to go hand in hand with its name change. The new events have been set up to showcase "the genius that occurs when great technology meets the creative arts."More than 75 Tech Talks have also been added to the agenda to help attendees learn how they can get the most out of their Apple-related products.Companies such as HP, Polk Audio, and Sennheiser are among the more than 300 brands that have signed up for a booth on the show floor.In 2011 Macworld attracted close to 25,000 attendees, making it much larger than Apple's own annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), which is capped at around 5,000 places. Organizers also launched a successful Asian version of the conference in September 2011 which attracted an estimated 200,000 people.Macworld/ iWorld 2012 will take place January 26-28, 2012, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Registration for the event is now open at: .If the private bus owners do not reinstate the 1,200 buses, that were purchased under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme, within next 48 hours, the state government would seize all the vehicles. State transport minister on Thursday stated that the government has every right to seize them because all the owners have defaulted on their loans.“The owners of the buses have adopted a very unfair means of practice. They are not paying the EMIs on the alibi that the buses are not making enough profit. At the same time they are not plying the buses on roads. We will not tolerate this and seize all the buses,” said Mitra. A visibly angry Tapan Banerjee, the joint secretary of Joint Council of Bus Syndicate, said, “We are already dead. And the government is not trying to help us. Mitra’s threat won’t have any impact on us since we have nothing else to lose. He need not have to seize the vehicles. Let him fix a date, time and location we will handover these buses on our own.”About 37,000 private buses operate across the state and among them nearly 6,500 buses ply on Kolkata roads. Due to steep rise in diesel price and ineffective government policy against fare hike, around 40% buses have already stopped plying. Of this 40%, 1,200 are JNNURM buses, said Banerjee.Bus owners said the Left Front government had already damaged their business and the present Trinamool government has hit the final nail in the coffin with their no-fare hike policy.“The price of a JNNURM bus is Rs. 19 lakh. After government subsidy, we had to take a loan of R8 lakh to purchase these buses. The government had fixed the EMI at Rs. 22,000 for a period of 96 months and it implies that we will end up paying more than R21 lakh in eight years. Who will pay such an amount even after procuring those buses at a high rate of interest?” asked Banerjee.The BJP began to see “positive signs” among Muslim voters in the wake of prominent Muslim leader Maulana Mehmood Madani’s statement, asking the Congress and other “so-called” secular parties not to invoke Narendra Modi bogey to create fear among Muslim voters and woo them in a “negative manner.”The party, which is looking forward to a new engagement with the minorities with appointment of Narendra Modi as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, read Madani’s statement as an expose on the Congress’ approach thus far.Madani did not speak in favour of Modi but his statement came in the backdrop of efforts by BJP leaders to woo Muslim voters by distributing booklets about Modi’s track record in Gujarat despite the 2002 riots.BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “It does not matter what Madani has said or says. It is now clear as to how Congress has been exploiting people for votes. It has been scaring the voters to get their votes. But people have gradually realised this.”He said people are now worried about price rise and corruption, which were the primary issues.“If there is any party which has been communal in last 50 years, it is Congress. They have been dividing people for votes,” said BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman.”We treat all communities at par. Our agenda is development” she said.Madani, who heads the Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind, attacked the Congress while speaking at a conference on the demand for reservations for Muslims in Jaipur.TV show, Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon, has recently completed a run of 400.Producers Abhinav Shukla and Saurabh Tewari of Nautanki Films believe the show has been a game-changer in the small screen world. Thanking viewers for their support, the duo issued a joint statement Tuesday."So far the response from all our loyal fans and viewers worldwide has been overwhelming and we continue to thank them for their endless support. Shows like, Madhubala... have proved to be game-changers in today's TV industry," read the statement. The show, aired on Colors channel, features actors Drashti Dhami and Vivian D'Sena in lead roles. It is about the struggles of a girl named Madhubala, who is married to the country's superstar Rishabh Kundra aka R.K., played by Vivian.Launched in 2012, the show enjoys a steady viewership and it has been appreciated for its performances and different technical values.Director Zoya Akhtar’s untitled next film, produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani, is already creating buzz around town. There is a lot of speculation about the cast of the film. Initially, the movie was said to star cousins Ranbir Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, who would play on-screen siblings. However, now those roles will be essayed by Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra. Anushka Sharma will play Ranveer’s love interest. Meanwhile, it seems Anil Kapoor has been approached for a pivotal role ― rumour has it that this is Ranveer and Priyanka’s father’s part. And now, we’ve been informed that the makers are deliberating over who will play the mother, which is an important part too.A source close to the production house reveals, “Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi and Dimple Kapadia have been approached and they all seem to have liked the script. Sridevi played the role of a mother in English Vinglish (2012), while Madhuri has never played mom on screen. Dimple has essayed a similar part in Cocktail (2012). However, nothing has been finalised on that front as of now. Whoever plays the mother will have a powerful role in the film as the story essentially revolves around her children and her.” Zoya confirms the news, saying, “Yes, but once the casting is confirmed I will let everyone know.” Meanwhile, even the role of the male lead opposite Priyanka is yet to be finalised and insiders say that the part might be played by either Farhan or Hrithik Roshan. The film will go on the floors by April 2014 and will be shot entirely on board a cruise liner.Dancing diva Madhuri Dixit, who will be seen portraying a powerful character in the woman-centric Gulaab Gang, says she isn't a feminist but is all for strong and independent women. "I don't think I'm a feminist. I am independent and strong, which is what women should be like," said the actress at a press conference at IIFA. Madhuri added that the "progress of women is being reflected in films". "We are going back to the roots. We have started again. There are some wonderful directors today. Also, you can make any sort of film today. The villain of our movie is also a woman, which is a rare sight is Bollywood."Popular actress and dancing queen Madhuri Dixit suffered one of the biggest setbacks with the demise of her father, Shankar R Dixit. It is learnt that Mr. Dixit, passed away this morning in his sleep. He was 91. While his last hours were spent with his family was by his side, a distraught Madhuri said, "We'll miss him but we know he lived a full life. We thank all those who have offered their condolences and prayers."Sridevi Kapoor offered her condolences to the actress on Twitter."@MadhuriDixit Shocked to hear about your father. My condolences to the entire family. RIP Shri Dixit," wrote Sridevi.(With additional inputs)Madonna has been banned from a US cinema chain, Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, for texting at the premiere of Steve McQueen's drama 12 Years A Slave at the New York Film Festival.The CEO of the cinema company, which was founded in Austin, Texas, said in a tweet on Friday that until the pop singer apologises to movie fans, she is banned from watching movies at drafthouse, Contactmusic reported.The tweet also contained a link of a story which reported that Madonna lashed out after a fellow audience member called her out for texting during the screening.Later, the CEO told Entertainment Weekly that his initial tweets were just a joke and he wanted to address it because he felt it was an important issue.However, he confirmed that Madonna won't be allowed into his cinemas, saying now that it seems to have taken hold, he is going to enforce it.John Abraham-Nargis Fakhri starrer Madras Cafe may not have opened to impressive numbers, but the positive word of mouth might help the movie in the coming days. "After an ordinary start, #MadrasCafe picked up rapidly in evening/night shows. Fri 4.25 cr+. Word of mouth is terrific!" Tweeted Adarsh."#MadrasCafe *revised figure* Fri 4.90 cr. Expect further growth in business today!" Adarsh posted another tweet.The film, co-produced by John, who is also playing the lead in it, came under the scanner after Tamil activists alleged that it portrays the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres as terrorists.After attending a special preview of the Shoojit Sircar-directed film Sunday, the objection against the film by the groups grew stronger.Tamil filmmaker Seeman, head of Naam Tamizhar (We Tamils) group, said the film was "nauseatingly anti-Tamil".In a related development, the Bharatiya Janata Party??s Tamil Nadu unit chief Pon Radhakrishnan said the movie should not be released in any part of the country.Also featuring Nargis Fakhri, Rashi Khanna, Ajay Rathnam and Leena Maria Paul, Madras Cafe is a fictional story inspired by true events.It is set against the Sri Lankan civil war and also depicts the 1991 assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.(With inputs from IANS)Positive word of mouth has worked in the favour of John Abraham-Nargis Fakhri starrer Madras Cafe, as the movie showed an upward trend in its collections. The movie that garnered Rs. 5.15 cr on its first day has now amassed more than Rs. 20 cr."Witnessed tremendous escalation in business over the weekend. The film grew from strength to strength with each passing day, thus adding to a fantastic [weekend] total. Although targeted at multiplexes of urban centres, the upward trend in mass-dominated circuits -- dominated by single screens -- sprung a pleasant surprise as well. The terrific word of mouth should ensure a smooth run on weekdays as well. Collected approx Rs. 20.42 cr to 20.67 cr nett in its opening weekend. Breakup: Fri 5.17 cr, Sat 7 cr, Sun 8.25 cr to 8.50 cr," wrote Trade analyst Taran Adarsh for Bollywood Hungama.The film, co-produced by John, who is also playing the lead in it, came under the scanner after Tamil activists alleged that it portrays the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres as terrorists.After attending a special preview of the Shoojit Sircar-directed film Sunday, the objection against the film by the groups grew stronger.Tamil filmmaker Seeman, head of Naam Tamizhar (We Tamils) group, said the film was "nauseatingly anti-Tamil".In a related development, the Bharatiya Janata Party??s Tamil Nadu unit chief Pon Radhakrishnan said the movie should not be released in any part of the country.Also featuring Nargis Fakhri, and Leena Rashi Khanna, Ajay Rathnam Maria Paul, Madras Cafe is a fictional story inspired by true events.It is set against the Sri Lankan civil war and also depicts the 1991 assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.(With inputs from IANS)A state- wide crime survey conducted by the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) indicated a 5.73% rise in rapes across the state in 2012 over the previous year. In most incidents, the survivors knew the perpetrators. Of the 1,845 rape cases registered in the state in 2012, the Thane city police commissionerate accounted for a total of 107 cases. Five among these were minors, aged below 10 years.The contentious issue of policing in Thane came to the fore after a bus cleaner allegedly raped a 4-year-old girl inside a school bus on September 6, this year. While the police arrested the accused, Sandeep Karve, it was revealed that there was no woman attendant present on the bus. The incident raises questions about the safety of children in the city.The jurisdiction of the Thane city police ranks 16th in the state in terms of the number of cognizable cases registered in 2012. The Thane city area contributes to 4.63% of the total crime against women in the state.The state based crime survey further revealed that of the 107 rape survivors in Thane, 11 were between 10 to 14 years of age, 34 were between 14 to 18 years and 44 were between 18 to 30 years.??The survey suggests roping in non-profit organizations (NGO) to spread awareness among women along with the activation of neighbourhood watch schemes,?? said a CID officer.Police sources also said that the most common motive used by the know criminals was inducement for marriage.A euphoric Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) expects Narendra Modi to help it secure at least 10 to 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state, especially in north, central Maharashtra , Vidarbha and in Mumbai, where the NDA does not have even a single seat Senior BJP leaders also foresee their prime ministerial candidate to sway a large number of voters, in both urban and rural regions, to support the NDA. With 48 seats at stake, Maharashtra has always been on the wish-list of national parties, after other big states such as Uttar Pradesh (80 seats), Andhra Pradesh (42) and Bihar (40). State BJP president Devendra Fadnavis sees strong hope in the Modi factor. ??Contrary to previous assumptions, we have, off-late, been experiencing that Narendra Modi will gain us a mandate in rural areas as well. Modi??s is a universal phenomenon now.??Political commentator Pratap Asbe shared Fadnavis?? views but did not foresee that Modi??s impact would be so far-reaching. Asbe does not expect any major change in the neighbouring Thane district, which has four Lok Sabha seats. ??With its Gujarati and Marathi domination, Mumbai will surely see a better voter turn-out. I see a strong possibility of more Marathi voters favouring the Sena-BJP,?? said Asbe. Presently, Mumbai does not have a single BJP-Sena MP. Asbe had, in the past, thought of Modi as a savior, who could bring the Thackeray cousins together and win at least four out of six seats in Mumbai. He also saw the BJP-Sena gaining in North Maharashtra and Vidarbha, which are BJP strongholds.With a few exceptions, the Congress has traditionally commanded votes in Maharashtra, even after its offspring, the Nationalist Congress Party, came into being in 1999 and later became its ally in the state and at the Centre. Currently, Congress tops with 17 seats and its partner Nationalist Congress Party has 8 seats. The BJP (9) and Shiv Sena (11) together have 20 of 48 seats. Smaller parties have three seats.The Maharashtra government will soon host the state’s first conclave for transgenders. Scheduled to be held on October 3, the conclave will be attended by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and is being held in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).It is expected that Chavan will announce the formation of a welfare board for the community at the gathering. The board will deal with health programmes, setting up of counselling centres and a grievance-redressal cell and other issues of the community. “We have been working towards the inclusion of the transgender community in all our schemes and policies. This conclave is only a step in that direction,” said Varsha Gaikwad, minister for woman and child development in the state.Laxmi Tripathi, a transgender activist, called the conclave ‘a historical event’ since it was the first time the CM would address the community.“We will present a memorandum to the gover nment requesting access to education, health facilities, employment, shelter, inclusion in government schemes and need for non-discriminatory laws,” said Tripathi.Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune lululemon outlet canada
  • 10、But I was more interested in the narrow asphalted driveway; it was an excellent place for a little test ride. The guide had advised us not to ride above 8 mph, but he wasn't around. So I started off at about 4-5 mph and then, bending further, managed to speed up to almost 13 mph. I'd now assumed the stance of a superbike rider, the dry wind hitting me hard in the face. Only, I was on an eco-friendly superbike. And this was one ride on which speed didn't matterAt least five people were killed and other badly wounded when Israel bombed a rocket base belonging to a hardline Jihadist militant group in Egypt's Rafah city in North Sinai, reported Xinhua on Friday citing a security source.An Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle bombed the base after Israel received tip off that the militants would fire a rocket Friday afternoon into the Jewish state, the source.He added security reports said the Jihadists have established a rocket base in southern Rafah city, near Israel's Karam Abou-Salem border crossing point Thursday evening.In a bid to avoid disclosuresthreatening national security, Israel will pay over $1 million as compensation to the family of an alleged Australia- born Mossad spy, who hanged himself in a prison in 2010.Ben Zygier, the so-called ‘Prisoner X’, was facing at least 10 years in prison for treason. He was found hanged in his isolation cell in Ayalon prison near Tel Aviv in December 2010.“After negotiations, the two parties have reached an agreement whereby the state will pay $1.1 million to the deceased’s family,” the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.The family of Zygier, who held Israeli and Australian citizenships, had accused Israel of negligence in dealing with his case. An Israeli inquiry reported in April that Zygier, was not adequately supervised by prison authorities when he hanged himself, shortly after a visit from his wife. The justice ministry statement stressed that the deal with Zygier’s family was not an “admission of alleged wrongdoing.” PTIFor Israel, reaching out to Indian Muslims is a new initiative. On Friday, it launched an official website in Urdu, ostensibly aimed at Indian Muslims, whom Israel is trying to increasingly engage with. “India is known for its moderate and forward-looking religion of beauty that is Islam. There is no reason why we should not address a large section of a strong community,” Israel’s Ambassador to India Mark Sofer said on Friday, launching the website along with one in Hindi. Urdu is spoken by around 10-12 per cent of India’s population, mainly Muslims. Recently, Maulana Illyasi, the chief of the apex body of imams in India, the All-India Association of Imams, had visited the country. Many at the imams’ association had asked him to reconsider his decision, saying if he went ahead, he could be ostracised. But Illyasi would have none of it and set foot on Israeli soil on February 21, becoming the first practising cleric from the Muslim world to do so. “The Muslim world does not want to recognise the Jewish state. What is the use of living in denial? My message was that, unlike others, Indian Muslims believe in resolving issues through dialogue,” Illyasi, who is the cleric of a New Delhi mosque, told HT.Illyasi had been hosted in Israel by Project Interchange, a wing of the American Jewish Council, which is an inter-faith dialogue organisation based in New York.Seeking stringent action against the managing committee of Markendeya Temple in Bilaspur for practising discrimination against Dalits, Himalaya Sahitya, Sanskriti and Paryavaran Manch (HSSPM) has written to high court and National Scheduled Caste Commission (NSCC). In a letter, HSSPM president SR Harnot said temple management has displayed notice boards, on which it was clearly mentioned that the entry of scheduled castes (SC) in the temple was prohibited. Earlier, the issue was raised in 2011 but despite high courts directions, no action has been taken by the district administration till date. “High court has issued notices to social justice department and deputy commissioner Bilaspur,” said Harnot, adding that boards were still there after two years of court notices. Harnot, who has authored many books, said district administration had shown incapacity to remove boards and said that temple belonged to a 'saint'. He said if it was a private property then it was a matter of inquiry to know how the 'owner' got the land and how such a big temple was constructed. “Such practices have violated protection of civil rights 1955, human right act 1993 and scheduled caste and tribes act 1989,” he said. “Some people are insulting the SCs on the pretext of religion,” he said.Distressed by the T20 spot-fixing scam, BCCI vice president Niranjan Shah on Saturday said the scandal has become increasingly "disgraceful" but stopped short of demanding under-fire president N Srinivasan's resignation."It is much regrettable and distressing that the situation is getting aggravated in increasingly disgraceful manner...the matter pertaining resignation of BCCI's president Mr. Srinivasan should rather be a matter between himself and the rules and regulations of the Board," Shah said in a statement.Srinivasan's adamant stand of sticking to his position despite the controversy, last night prompted Board Treasurer Ajay Shirke and Secretary Sanjay Jagdale to resign in protest.The crisis in the BCCI has deepened with every passing day after Srinivasan's son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested for alleged involvement in betting.Srinivasan, whose company India Cements owns CSK, refused to resign despite repeated calls for his ouster, insisting that he did no wrong."It should be a concern of all concerned that neither the police investigation nor the judicial proceedings, and nor the proceedings of inquiry commission appointed by the BCCI be adversely affected in any prejudicial manner," said Shah."Objective spirit as also patience and placidity would rather be meaningfully helpful to inquiry and investigations.The culprits will of course be punished under applicable rules and laws."But it should be a prime concern that the spirit of cricket and people's faith, interest and involvement should not be jeopardised," he added.Shah called for immediate measures to restore credibility that has been shaken by the scandal."While BCCI's incessant role and contribution towards the promotion and popularity of cricket at international level should not be ignored, BCCI should and shall remain vigilant and committed for all necessary measures for the game's spirit, prestige and popularity," he said."Let us not forget that the cricket is the only sport where India is the world leader and it is followed by millions of people in the country as well as the world with great enthusiasm and love," he added.As racers, you have seen them clocking a speed of 350km/hr, but when on Delhi roads, these F1 drivers confess they turn into ‘scared’ amateurs. Chatting up with us, three speedsters, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg and India’s Karun Chandhok, share that Indian roads are as much a nightmare for them, as it is for the common Indian.“I have been racing for 25 years and the first time I came to India, as a passenger on the roads, I was the most scared I have ever been in my whole life. It’s pretty crazy with so much movement in the lanes,” says 33-year-old British racer Jenson Button. And what’s more, Button confesses that the craziness on Indian roads really got to him. “I had my eyes closed till I reached the circuit (in Greater Noida). I have got a feeling that India’s going to have some more good Formula One drivers in the future just from driving on the roads,” he jokes. 28-year-old German racer, Nico Rosberg, echoes Button’s thoughts, but is quick to credit Delhi’s drivers, saying, “I think all the drivers here are very talented. There’s so much going on the road and yet they manage to avoid accidents.” However, road safety, feels Nico, should be looked into by authorities. “The (road) safety standards here are not like they are in Europe. There’s scope for improvement,” he says. India’s 29-year-old racer Karun Chandhok, says that he doesn’t drive fast on Delhi roads either, though he is used to Indian traffic. “I don’t drive fast when I am driving on the roads. People usually drive fast to get a buzz, but I get that when I drive at a speed of 350 km/hr on the track. On the road, I just sit in the traffic like all others,” he says. In fact, he feels that driving fast, or trying a new skill on the wheel, should not be done on the road. “I understand that the youth of the country wants to drive fast, but it should be done in a safe environment and not stupidly on the roads,” adds Chandhok.Mudassar Khan, who choreographed superstar Salman Khan's dance moves in songs like Humka Peeni Hai and Dhinka Chika, says it is relatively easy to make the actor learn the dance steps.Salman, during a visit for an event, was impressed with Mudassar's dance moves and had asked him to choreograph his dance on an awards night. Later, Mudassar was asked to design the moves of 'Humka Peeni Hai' from Dabangg, which marked his first break in Bollywood."He is a godfather and will remain that for me. Salman Khan is so far the best dancer I know as we have done several songs with him, be it films or at stage shows. We made him do different moves and he did it all properly. I don't think he leaves any beat, he is one of the best dancers. He has good knowledge about dance," Mudassar said in an interview. He has also choreographed a song, Chalao Na Naino se with Ajay Devgn and Abhishek Bachchan in Bol Bachchan and Akshay Kumar starrer song, Party All Night for Boss.Mudassar is one of the judges for fourth season of popular dance reality show, Dance India Dance. The other two new judges are choreographers Shruti Merchant and Feroz Khan."Salman sir is very happy that I am doing, Dance India Dance, and he wished me luck, he is very supportive. The show will definitely change things for me. I am happy I got the opportunity," Mudassar said."Remo D'Souza was part of this dance show and his life changed after this, he went on to make a dance film called, Any Body Can Dance. Dance India Dance is a big platform for me as the learning level will increase," he said.The 27-year-old considers choreographer Dave Scott, who choreographed 'Step Up' series, his idol as he feels it is because of him that hip hop dance form got boost. In India, he admires Prabhu Deva, Ganesh Acharya, Farah Khan, among others."I would like to choreograph Aamir Khan sir. To choreograph those who are good dancers like Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor is not a challenge for me as I know they will do it," Mudassar said.Actor Sanjay Dutt seems all set to reprise his Lage Raho Munnabhai role, albeit in jail and with other inmates as his co-stars. The 54-year-old actor is hard at work to perfect his role in the play Teemiratun... Tejakade (From Darkness to Light) that deals with Gandhism and alcoholism. The play is being directed by Rahul Solapurkar and Dutt’s friend and film director Rajkumar Hirani is giving inputs to fine-tune it. Hirani had directed Dutt in Lage Raho which was about ‘Gandhigiri’ as well. Serving a jail term at Yerwada jail, the 54-year-old actor will perform at a cultural event on Thursday at Balgandharva auditorium. Sporting a salt-and-pepper beard and looking fit after losing some weight, Dutt will also dance to the song ‘Bande mein tha dum’ from Lage Raho. He is the star attraction at the show and all donation passes, each priced at `1000, have been sold ahead of the event. It is an initiative to raise funds for the prison staff and their family members.Dutt has been in prison since May 16 this year after being convicted for illegal possession of firearms related to the March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.National broadcaster Doordarshan will air the two-hour long event. The authorities expect to raise `5 lakh from ticket sales while sponsorships and television rights will fetch an additional sum.“Dutt will perform in a play as well as dance. For this he has been rehearsing hard,” said Yerwada jail superintendent Yogesh Desai. He said the jail authorities had invited Hirani on the recommendations of Dutt. “Hirani gave his creative inputs while Solapurkar is directing the show.”Besides the play, there will also be songs, dances and mimicry performances by other inmates. The event is likely to be attended by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and home minister RR Patil.Thursday’s event is part of prison department’s yearly activity intended to raise money for jail staff and their family members. Due to Dutt’s participation, the prison officials are confident of the event becoming a hit. Anticipating a huge crowd, the police have beefed up the security at the auditorium.If India’s cricket board has not been shaken as much as other sports bodies by the demand for accountability, it is essentially due to the power and independence it enjoys because of the riches in its coffers.The Indian Olympic Association still remains suspended by the International Olympic Committee pending its overhaul and setting in place good administrative measures. However, going by the manner in which N Srinivasan managed to snuff out dissidence and get re-elected as president, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) showed that it would take much more to force reform in its ranks. With serious charges framed against his son-in-law by the Mumbai Police in its betting case related to the IPL spot-fixing scam, it was imperative Srinivasan stepped down to allow an impartial probe. But the BCCI constitution allows the president to be re-elected with the backing of two state units from the zone whose turn it is to pick the candidate. This can only perpetuate one-man shows because once elected, he can show his gratitude by picking office-bearers from among those who supported him.If Srinivasan is still kept away from active administration, it is because of the Supreme Court, which will decide on the petition that seeks the forming of a new, impartial committee to probe corruption allegations in the IPL, including those related to Gurunath Meiyappan. The apex court has said Srinivasan should stay away from all affairs concerning the IPL. But the big question is whether it is possible. The franchise league is run by the BCCI, which appoints every important official tasked to govern the league. The revenue generated from the league is again fed into the board’s account and distributed to state associations with only a certain percentage going to the franchises. Thus the firm hand of the BCCI chief will always determine every twist and turn the league takes.It will be possible to keep a BCCI president from influencing the IPL only if the league is structured as an independent body, like the English Premier League. Otherwise, even if Srinivasan stays out, the IPL will be controlled by his hand-picked men. That is a far from ideal situation.The BCCI bounced back after the 2000 spot-fixing scandal, and 13 years, later it appears no administrator — it has already banned four players — will be held accountable for the latest corruption scandal. It is important that the Board be forced to bring in transparency in the way it is run. Otherwise, the credibility of the game will be eroded while the rich and the influential run the body as they please.The brutal rape of a five-year-old girl in Delhi last week sparked a fresh wave of outrage — and this time the police are in the dock for not registering the first information report (FIRs). Local police ducking their responsibility to register cases either under pressure or to avoid pursuing investigations is an old story in India.Earlier this year, Delhi’s police commissioner talked of a “zero FIRs” under which complaints will be recorded without questioning on the basis of a woman’s complaint. But more significant is that the central government has postponed the implementation of a plan to set up a Crime and Criminal Tracking Network Systems (CCTNS) under which online filing of FIRs would be made possible. This was originally meant to go live by early 2013 but now stands postponed to March 2015.This is bad enough, and the CCTNS is due to cover only 14,000 police stations.On Sunday, on a random thought, I tweeted that someone should have a Facebook app (application) that can register FIRs on Facebook that can be automatically tweeted to the Prime Minister of India’s account on Twitter. Immediately there were software developers who said they can do it, and one activist from Pune said he would try something like that on his portal. On its part, the government can learn from the private sector. While official CRM (customer relations management) systems happen to be integrated to company networks, the arrival of social media has resulted in what is called social CRM. Progressive companies now track tweets and their Facebook page walls to aid customers. Delhi Police is now active on Twitter for traffic announcements and also has a Facebook page. Why can’t it go one step further and entertain social FIRs?Activist groups can help citizens log complaints — and even if they are officially not called FIRs, they can acquire a public, transparent character that will put pressure on local cops who refuse to do their jobs.Six and a half months, to be precise, is the point where women decide enough is enough, and start to demand changes in their man’s fashion sense, a new survey has revealed.According to the survey by Marks and Spencer and Oxfam, researchers found that the top five fashion turn-offs for women were meggings (tight male leggings), onesies, leather trousers, three-quarter-length trousers and flip-flops, News.com.au reported.Men’s five pet hates were onesies, jeggings (leggings styled to look like denim jeans), velour tracksuits, animal-print clothing and boob tubes.And in case of resistance, the action taken to change their partner’s style can be ruthless.Just under half of women admitted to throwing away their partner’s offending items without him knowing, and one in seven took it one stage further, by putting them in the wrong wash on purpose.Despite only one in five women admitting amending their own fashion taste to fit a partner’s style, more than two-thirds confessed to raiding his wardrobe on occasion.Men are less keen, with only one in five admitting having worn an item of their partner’s clothing.Jo Hemmings, a behavioural psychologist and relationship coach, said she “wasn’t surprised to see that it takes just over six months for women to take control.It doesn’t surprise us when Anoushka Shankar says that music was her outlet for expressing grief after her father, late sitar player Pt Ravi Shankar, passed away last December. But her new album, Traces Of You, is more than just a tribute to him. Almost like a chronicle of the tumultuous time we live in, the album broaches topics as wide as sexual violence (there’s a track on the album that’s titled ‘In Jyoti’s name’, ostensibly an ode to the fighting spirit of the Delhi rape victim), to Hindu philosophy and collective nostalgia.The album also features her famous half-sister, Norah Jones, on its title track. In this exclusive telephonic interview to HT Café, Anoushka talks about all these things and more.Traces Of You is a very diverse album, in terms of the issues you have touched upon. What were you going through while working on it?The last few years have been very eventful. And music has been my way of processing and expressing my emotions. I started writing this album last summer. I was responding to motherhood back then. The Guwahati (molestation) case had also just happened. Then, in December, my father passing; and barely a few days after, the Delhi attack. So for me, it was a doubly painful time.You have worked with Norah before. How was it different this time?We worked before on an album with Karsh Kale. But this time, we have come together in an interesting way. I can’t speak for her, but musically, the experience has been very intimate, unusual and powerful.There’s been a lot of speculation about your relationship with Norah. How would you describe it?We’ve been incredibly close much before the media started saying that we weren’t. We share a very strong relationship, and that’s also because we’re both artistes.This is your seventh album since 1998. Do you make a conscious decision to release music regularly?In comparison to my touring career (20 years), I haven’t had many releases. Seven albums is not that much. Unlike other contemporary acts, I don’t feel the need to release an album every year. I need to live in between...to explore and experience.How has motherhood changed your experiences as a musician? It has made the logistical aspect of my music very difficult!Is Norah a doting aunt? Yes, she very much is.Are you planning to tour India soon (she lives between US and UK)?I’m planning to come in the winter. We are scheduling shows in Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad, and others in December.Ejaz Kaiser of HT spoke to a senior Chhattisgarh police officer, who was part of the Basaguda operation. In the following excerpts the officer recalls the special operation followed by the hour-long gun battle. It was late Thursday evening when we were given the go-ahead. It was to be an intensive operation in three different places in Bastar in south Chhattisgarh, with a gap of only a couple of hours between each of them.Though everything had been planned well ahead, it required a lot of coordination. Based on the intelligence input, we were told that there would be a "heavy movement" of Maoists. We were also cautioned that we might come face to face with some top Maoist cadres during the operation.They were supposed to hold a series of meetings in a spot between Jagargunda in Sukma district and Basaguda in Bijapur district.It was darkness all around and following the guerrilla tactic, the combined troops of about 100 CRPF and district police personnel headed out on foot, cautiously huddled in small units, staying very close to each other.Around 11.45 pm, there was an abrupt indiscriminate firing on our forces. Our jawans retaliated swiftly and took position behind the trees.They were mostly jan militia and foot soldiers of Maoists who opened fire.At this time, the security forces were still some distance from the target area, where the Maoist heavyweights were supposedly present.The exchange of fire lasted nearly an hour. And while several Maoists were killed and many others injured, the guerillas prevented the troops from moving forward and closing in on their senior colleagues.All the injured were brought by the state ambulance which was rushed to the site around 2am.Soon after the stampede at the Allahabad railway station killed 36 people on Sunday, railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal admitted that the arrangements were not adequate for the huge number of devotees who came to board their trains after visiting the Maha Kumbh Mela site on the banks of the Ganga. A few hours later, Uttar Pradesh urban development minister Azam Khan resigned as the in-charge of the mela organising committee. Even though the two have accepted their administrations’ responsibility in the incident and the state government has ordered an inquiry, that old question crops up again: why were the people in-charge careless even when they knew that the Maha Kumbh Mela was going to be a supersize affair? Any religious congregation in India is a large affair and it was known that the Maha Kumbh Mela, which comes round only once every 144 years, would attract 100 million bathers across its 55 days. But even then our very experienced public administrators were taken by surprise — or should we say, caught napping — when more than expected people turned up at the Allahabad station on Sunday.If the administration failed in its responsibility, the police deployed at the station compounded that mistake by suddenly resorting to lathi-charge when possibly all they needed to do was to manage the crowd with some calmness. This is not to say that managing such large (and sometimes unruly) crowds is an easy task, especially for our overworked and under-prepared policemen. But then that is what planning is all about, isn’t it? Moreover, why were there so many people there at one station at the same time? Why weren’t other nearby stations utilised to distribute the passenger load? What is absolutely appalling and shows how shortsighted are our public authorities, ambulances could not even get to the station for two hours to evacuate the injured to hospital or retrieve the bodies because probably there was no one to coordinate the efforts. Stampedes are not uncommon in India. We have had similar tragedies in the Kumbh Mela twice: 1954 (1,000 people died) and 1986; the 2012 stampede in Jharkhand when thousands of people arrived to take part in Saint Thakur Anukul Chand’s 125th birth anniversary celebrations at the ashram; the 2012 stampede in Mathura; 1999 and 2011 Sabarimala stampedes, the 2008 Naina Devi temple stampede to name a few. Stampedes happen due to combination of factors: facilities are often far below capacity, bad crowd management and the lack of seamless coordination among authorities. In India, this combination keeps repeating with deadly consequences all too often. This is because lessons are never learnt and incidents just end up being statistics in official timelines.Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar said on Thursday what everyone knew was coming but no one wanted to hear. The 40-year-old announced that he’ll retire next month. And the news sent social media in a frenzy with fans expressing their disappointment and saying they will miss the Little Master. Bollywood and sports personalities, too, tweeted, saying that they couldn’t imagine cricket without Tendulkar. While Shah Rukh Khan called Tendulkar an ‘addiction’, Amitabh Bachchan tweeted that he would prefer to be Tendulkar in his next life. Cricketer Gautam Gambhir tweeted that jersey no 10 should retire and be preserved. Bollywood will miss the godShah Rukh Khan, actor: O no! Suddenly realised the meaning of addiction. Mine was the Master.I am going thru cold turkey. To see cricket without Sachin? Unbearable."Dia Mirza, actor: @sachin_rt #Respect #Awe #Love you have a place in our hearts forever... Thank You Sachin for all the happiness you’ve brought to our lives. Shekhar Kapur, filmmaker: #GodOfCricket Ultimately Sachin has the greatest power. For all his talent genius and fame, he still has humility. Allowing him to transcend. Rahul Bose, actor: From the 1st moment @sachin_rt gave us beauty & aggression. Technique & improvisation. He gave Indians the excitement of true hope. #legacy. Kunal Kohli, filmmaker: You know how to say it, so come on say it … Sachinnnnn …. #Sachin !!!! Sachiiiin …. Sachin!!!!Marcella Hazan, whose cookbooks brought the rich taste of authentic Italian food into kitchens across the United States, has died at the age of 89, her family said.Hazan lived in Longboat Key, Florida, with her husband and lifelong collaborator and writing partner Victor. Her death was announced by her daughter-in-law Lael Sara Caplan Hazan on her Facebook page."The world of authentic home cooking has lost a giant. My mother-in-law Marcella Hazan, melted away peacefully, my father-in-law Victor, was at her side," Caplan Hazan wrote.Marcella Hazan was born in Italy in 1924, moving to the United States with her husband after World War Two. She claimed that she did not really learn how to cook until she was married and living in New York.She taught her first cooking class when she was in her mid-40s and the first of her six cookbooks, "The Classic Italian Cookbook," was published when she was nearly 50, according to epicurious.com.Perhaps her most famous recipe - tomato sauce - exemplified her culinary philosophy of simplicity. It required a can of peeled plum tomatoes, five tablespoons of unsalted butter, one small white onion and salt.Asked in an interview with epicurious.com what she believed the keys to success were for the home cook was, she replied "taste. That is very important. They don't have to do very complicated things. And good ingredients."Among the garlands she received over a long career as both a cookery teacher and author were a James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award and a knighthood in her native Italy.An Italian appeals court Tuesday upheld a fine of more than 500 million euros that Silvio Berlusconi's Finivest company must pay to a rival media group, in another legal setback for the former premier.The court rejected Berlusconi's final appeal in the case but it slightly reduced the fine to 541 million euros ($722 million) from 564 million euros, local media reported.The damages had been ordered in compensation for Fininvest having wrested control of the leading Mondadori publishing house from Compagnie Industriali Riunite (CIR) in 1990 after it bribed a judge to approve a company takeover.A judge in the original case had ruled that billionaire politician Berlusconi was "co-responsible" for the bribery of the judge who had ruled in favour of Fininvest in the takeover battle.CIR's honorary president is Berlusconi rival Carlo de Benedetti, and the group runs the weekly news magazine L'Espresso and the left-leaning daily La Repubblica -- avid chroniclers of the ex-prime minister's legal woes and sex scandals.The 76-year-old Berlusconi's legal battles have continued with a definitive criminal conviction for tax fraud in August. He could also possibly be expelled from parliament.Despite losing his appeal on the Mondadori fine, Berlusconi cannot be prosecuted in the case as the facts were legally prescribed in 2001 -- meaning the period for legal action had expired.An Italian war reporter and a Belgian writer who were kidnapped in Syria in April were freed on Sunday, the Italian government said.A few hours after the announcement, Domenico Quirico, a correspondent for the Turin daily La Stampa, stepped off a plane at a Rome airport and was embraced by Italy's foreign minister. The Belgian man, Pierre Piccinin, was also free and was flown to Italy along with Quirico, Premier Enrico Letta's office said in a statement.Letta's office said "hope had never faded" for Quirico's safe return but gave no details on how he became free, nor said who had held him.Quirico, looking weary, told reporters on the tarmac of Rome's Ciampino airport early Monday that he felt as if he had "been living on Mars" for the past five months, and that his isolation from the news was such that he didn't even know who had been elected Italian president this spring."I was treated badly," Quirico said, when a reporter asked how his abductors had treated him. La Stampa described him as exhausted but in good health.A veteran war correspondent used to reporting from the front lines, Quirico had entered Syria from Lebanon on April 6 and disappeared three days later while traveling to the city of Homs in war-torn Syria. La Stampa said Piccinin had been kidnapped along with Quirico."I had tried to tell the story of the Syrian revolution but ... the revolution turned into something else," Quirico said.Sky TG24 TV said Italian prosecutors in Rome would talk to Quirico on Monday about his kidnapping before he heads to his home in northern Italy.Letta called Belgium's prime minister with the good news about Piccinin, the Italian news agency ANSA said.Still missing in Syria is an Italian Jesuit priest, Paolo Dall'Oglio, a well-known figure who Syria who activists said had gone to meet with al-Qaida-linked militants. The priest went missing in July.Dall'Oglio is a critic of the regime of President Bashar Assad, which the rebels are fighting to overthrow. The government a year ago expelled him from Syria, where he had lived for 30 years.Italy was mired in a fresh political quagmire on Sunday after Silvio Berlusconi pushed his party’s ministers to quit the fragile coalition government, a move Prime Minister Enrico Letta called a “crazy act”.All five ministers from the People of Freedom (PDL) party on Saturday took the decision to step down at Berlusconi’s urging, said deputy prime minister Angelino Alfano, the number two in government who was among the resignations.Italy newspapers put the blame for the new government crisis squarely at the ex-prime minister’s feet. “The convict has made Italy fail,” read the headline in the leftist daily Il Fatto Quotidiano, alluding to Berlusconi’s conviction for tax fraud. The centre-right La Stampa and business newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore decried “the madness” of the actions taken by the media mogul who has dominated Italian politics for most of the last two decades.The flamboyant billionaire, who turns 77 on Sunday, dismissed as “unacceptable” a demand by Letta on Friday for parliament to express support for the government next week, in a bid to end a crisis that has plagued the bickering ruling coalition.Now, President Giorgio Napolitano will have to mediate to find a way out of the latest political impasse. He is expected to meet Letta on Sunday. Letta’s government was cobbled together following a two-month stand-off after an inconclusive general election in February.Italy's Mount Etna, one of the world's most "active and iconic" volcanoes, was on Friday granted World Heritage status by UNESCO.The tallest active volcano on the European continent at 3,300 meters (10,900 feet), Mount Etna has been written about for 2,700 years and has "one of the world's longest documented records of historical volcanism," according to UNESCO."The diverse and accessible assemblage of volcanic features such as summit craters, cinder cones, lava flows, lava caves and the Valle de Bove depression have made Mount Etna a prime destination for research and education," UNESCO said.The volcano, in the east of Sicily, is one of the most-studied in the world and "continues to influence volcanology, geophysics and other earth science disciplines", UNESCO added."Mount Etna's notoriety, scientific importance, and cultural and educational value are of global significance."Situated near Catania, Sicily's second city, the volcano, which is some 200 kilometres in circumference, was created by a series of eruptions beneath the sea off the ancient coastline of Sicily some 500,000 years ago.There are still periodic eruptions at the central crater. Lava flows down the sides of the volcano have sometimes put villages, which are built up to the some 800 metre altitude mark, at risk.Catania city has been hit several times during eruptions, including being almost completely destroyed by one of the largest recorded eruptions in 1669, after which it was rebuilt in the Baroque style.The zone listed by UNESCO -- largely undeveloped except for a few seismic monitoring stations and some shelters along mountain paths -- is part of the Mount Etna National Park, created in 1987.UNESCO is currently holding a 10-day annual meeting in Phnom Penh at which is considering whether to add 31 sites, including Japan's Mount Fuji and the city of Agadez in Niger, to the 962-strong World Heritage List of sites of "outstanding universal value".ITC Ltd on Friday reported a 21.46% increase in net profit at Rs. 2,230.53 crore for the second quarter ended September 30, driven by a strong performance in the FMCG business.It had reported net profit of Rs. 1,836.42 crore in the July-September quarter of the previous fiscal, 2012-13.Its net sales during Q2, 2013-14 increased by 8.81% to Rs. 7,775.79 crore, from Rs. 7,146 crore in the year-ago period, ITC said in a filing to the BSE.The company's Q2 revenue from FMCG business increased by 12.01% to Rs. 5,686.03 crore, as against Rs. 5,075.95 crore in the second quarter of last fiscal.ITC's FMCG business is divided into two categories -- cigarettes and others. Revenue from cigarettes increased by 10% to Rs. 3,723.81 crore, while 'others' category showed an increase of 16.05 % at Rs. 1,962.22 crore.Others in FMCG business include packaged foods (bakery and confectionery foods, snack foods, staples, spices and ready-to-eat foods), apparel, education and stationery products, personal care products, safety matches and incense sticks.Revenue from non-FMCG business which includes hotels, agriculture and paperboard, paper and packaging were at Rs. 3,198.17 crore, a decrease of 3.08%.ITC's total expenses during Q2 were at Rs. 4,907.56 crore, an increase of 3.84%, compared with Rs. 4,725.91 crore in the year-ago period.The ITC scrip closed at Rs. 340, down 0.74%, on the BSE.Rockstar actress has grooved to her first item number for Shahid Kapoor-starrer Phata Poster Nikla Hero. She says the experience made her realise that they aren't easy to do as they look on screen. "That (the item song) was a very fun experience. It's not as easy as it looks and it takes a lot of hard work to look as glamorous. It's not what I thought it would be," the 33-year-old said here Friday at the unveiling of a magazine. "As much as I enjoy watching item numbers, when you are actually doing it, it's much more harder. But a good experience," she added."Item numbers aren't easy" says Nargis Fakhri. Dhating Naach is the item number which features Nargis. Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, Phata Poster Nikla Hero also stars Ileana D'Cruz. It releases Aug 23.While many of us are busy googling Miley Cyrus’s twerking moves at the VMAs, the fashionistas are sure to have already blogged about the singer’s horn buns. Like them or not ― the two tiny blond knots that sat atop her closely cropped mane has got the beauty buzz going. Inspired by the original 90’s fashion diva, singer Gwen Stefani, others like artist Rita Ora have also tried the style. But, before the knots, came the donut. Available at cosmetic stores and online portals, the bun ring (donut) is a must-have. Lastly, we also see how braided buns have made a comeback ― complete with milkmaid rolls and twirls.Devil knotsIt’s punk, it’s naughty ― it’s all things fun. The double top knot is not for the faint hearted, but for those who can channel 90’s chic. The queen of spunk, Gwen Stefani, has mastered the art of making crazy dos look like a classy affair. When messing around with the style, make sure the knots sit atop your mane, if they fall on either side, you run the risk of doing Princess Leia’s bagel buns.Donut bunsThe donut is a chunky bun that sits right at the center, and atop the head, with the front hair ususally pulled back fiercely. Reality star Kim Kardashian has been often spotted with the donut. It’s the best DIY bun to do, since the rings using which you get the volume and a hair-fix cream can go a long way in making your evening glamourous.Since these rings are available in different sizes, you can choose what suits your style best.The braided bunchIf your plan is to infuse some vintage vigour in a classic bun, go the braided bunch way. Mix and match by doing milkmaid braids in the front and a chignon at the nape of your neck, or go all out with doing a bun made with a fishtail braid. Jennifer Lawrence led the way by keeping her blond locks messy in the front with bangs, alongwith a bejewelled plait bunch to finish.Sachin Tendulkar's day was unceremoniously snatched away by Bangladesh on Friday. Tendulkar watched from the dressing room as Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim slowly took the match away from India, beating the world champions by five wickets.Away from home, reaching a milestone that eluded him for more than a year left Tendulkar dazed. But in the end his knock was not good enough to help India win."I have mixed feelings (about the milestone) because I thought 290 was a good target. Till the last three overs, when they needed 33 runs, I thought we were in control. But they played some exceptional shots," said Tendulkar.On his long wait to reach the milestone, he said, "It was a tough journey...Now that it is out of the way, things can come back to normal."Excerpts from the press conference:On the 100 tonsI am not god. After scoring 99 centuries, I needed a year to score another. It shows scoring a hundred from 99 is tough. It has been a huge learning process.On playing for milestonesI don't play for milestones... There are ups and downs... I don't think I feel any more human after this. I always knew I was human and people are allowed to make mistakes and learn from them.On the long wait 100th tonIt has been a test of my character and patience. Somebody who has not gone through this will not understand. But all this has made me a better player. It has been really challenging and I have learnt from my mistakes.On retirementI will tell you when I decide on that. Everyone will know. I want to play as long as I am enjoying and contributing to the team.Buzz has it that director Madhur Bhandarkar is planning a sequel of 2008 hit film Fashion, but apparently with a new star cast! And if rumors are to be believed the national award winning director plans to rope in Ram-Leela actress Deepika Padukone in Fashion 2 and has also approached Dharma Productions for his film. The news however might upset Priyanka Chopra who has now successfully acquired an international status, not to forget that it's Deepika whose films are selling better.Though there has been no official announcement so far but it will be interesting to see leggy lass Deepika filling in Priyanka's shoes.This Sunday don't forget to look up at the sky to see a Supermoon.On June 23 at 5:02 pm, the moon will reach its monthly fullest phase but this time, it's a special celestial phenomenon. Our satellite will reach its closest point to the Earth 22 minutes earlier and will be visible after the Sun sets that evening. The term 'Supermoon', coined by astrologer Richard Nolle, essentially means a bigger and brighter full moon. Astronomically known as a perigee moon, the event occurs when a full moon lines up with the Earth and the Sun at a specific point in its orbit, called the lunar perigee."The Supermoon will appear up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than a normal moon. There will be another Supermoon next month, but by then, it will be further away. You won't get another chance to see one like this until August 2014," said N Raghunandan, director, Planetary Society of India.NASA said there is scant evidence to suggest that it could cause natural calamities.The atmosphere at the Ravidas Camp in RK Puram Sector 3 was sombre on Tuesday as three of the four men arrested for raping a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus were picked up from the slum on Monday evening. Blaming Ram Singh and his brother Mukesh for maligning the name of the colony, their estranged sister-in-law said that they were the black sheep of the family. "We were not on speaking terms with them. They used to live in a different house. It was very common to hear stories about them getting into fights and stealing from people. No one was very happy with their behaviour and their parents went back to their village two months back because they were fed up of their behaviour," she said. Hari Ram Sharma, whose 20-year-old son Vinay Sharma was also picked up by the police from his house, was not convinced that his son could do something so heinous. He said he was not friends with either Ram Singh or Mukesh. "He had told us that he was just going out for a stroll. His friend Kalu had come to call him at around 8 pm on Sunday evening. He reached home a little after 10 pm, ate food and went to sleep," Sharma said. Vinay, who worked as an assistant instructor in a gym near Siri Fort, scanned news channels the entire day on Monday. "The gym where he works is closed on Mondays and Vinay was at home all day on Monday. He watched the news throughout the day. He did not get into fights with people and was just a kid. I don't think he was involved in the crime but if it is proved that he was I would suggest that the courts give him a fitting punishment," Sharma said. According to Vinay's mother, when the police came to take him away he asked her to trust him. "Maine aisa kuch nahi kia jis se aap ko sharminda hona pade (I have not done anything to shame you)," he said. The fourth accused, 18-year-old Pawan Gupta, alias Kalu, also lives in the same colony with his parents and two siblings. "My son is just a kid. I am sure he can't do something like this," said Indira Devi, Kalu??s mother who along with her husband runs a small fruit shop in RK Puram sector 1. The neighbours, meanwhile, say that they are fed up of coming under the scanner because of Ram Singh and Mukesh.Marriage is coming after the baby carriage for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.Kardashian's publicist, Ina Treciokas, confirmed Tuesday that the couple are engaged.E! News first reported that West proposed to Kardashian Monday on her 33rd birthday, in front of family and friends at the AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.Kardashian gave birth to the couple's first child, daughter North West, in June.A photo posted on Instagram shows a screen at the stadium that reads "PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!" - in typical West font - above a black-clad orchestra. Another shows Kardashian showing off a diamond ring with a smiling West behind her.The Kardashian clan has a series of reality shows on E! and after initially saying it didn't have cameras at the stadium, the network said late Tuesday it did have cameras there to capture the moment. Kim Kardashian flaunting engagement ring (Photo:Instagram/KimK)Khloe Kardashian seemed to celebrate on Twitter when she wrote: "Tears of JOY!!!!!!! Wow!!!!!!" She also tweeted: "Wow!!!!! Am I dreaming??!?!" Kimye were quiet on Twitter. Kardashian was previously married to NBA player Kris Humphries. Their divorce was finalized in June after they were married for 72 days in 2011. Her first marriage was to music producer Damon Thomas in 2000.West is currently on a tour with Kendrick Lamar. "The Yeezus Tour" will visit the SAP Center in San Jose on Tuesday night. Earlier Monday, he attended the Hollywood Film Awards in Beverly Hills, presenting Steve McQueen with the Hollywood Breakout Director Award.A team of international scientists have said that women do find men with larger penises more attractive.They said that prehistoric women who could see the sex organs of their scantily clad male counterparts may have helped influence the evolution of larger genitals in men by choosing to mate with partners who had larger sex organs.Researchers said that they decided to tackle the topic as past studies had offered conflicting answers, and may have been sullied by asking the women too directly.Lead author Brian Mautz, a postdoctoral researcher in evolution and sexual selection at the University of Ottawa, used computer-generated images of generic male figures with varying heights, body shapes and flaccid penis lengths.A sample of 105 Australian women were then asked to look at 53 of these life-sized robot-like pictures, which rotated so that they were visible at different angles.The women - all heterosexual - were not told that they were taking part in a study about penis size and were simply asked to rate the figures according to sexual attractiveness.Researchers found that the women rated tall men with long penises as the most attractive and they also tended to gaze longer at the larger men, Health24 reported.The study has been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).Former Friends star Matthew Perry has reportedly separated from his longterm girlfriend Lizzy Caplan.The actors began dating in 2006, but a new report suggests that they decided to end their romance early last year and managed to keep the split news quiet, until now, reported Us magazine."It happened a year and a half ago. They haven't been together for a long time," a source said.Caplan demurred when asked about Perry during a recent interview with the UK's Independent and hinted that she took pride in her anonymity."I can stand right next to paparazzi, and I do that sometimes. I'm close with people who are far more famous, and they know how to avoid attention."The actress was recently spotted on a date with a mystery man at Cleo at the Redbury Hotel in Hollywood.Meanwhile, Perry, has been busy with work and personal projects. He recently turned his Malibu beach house into a sober living facility called Perry House, for men who need help transitioning from rehab to the real world.Perry himself has a history of drug and alcohol problems.India seems to have acquired the dubious distinction of being the leader of many demeaning trends, be it child labour, underage marriages and now we learn slavery. Although the practice had been abolished long ago, a new study shows that an estimated 29.8 million people live in slavery around the world. And nearly half this number is in India. Fourteen million Indians, the highest number in the world, live in conditions of slavery. This includes those trapped in debt, in forced marriages and those who have been trafficked, according to the Global Slavery Index 2013 compiled by the Walk Free Foundation, a human rights organisation based in Australia. However, India can take cold comfort in the fact that it ranks fourth in terms of the prevalence of slavery as a proportion of the population. Mauritania, Haiti and Pakistan are ranked above India in the 162-nation survey.From inter-generational bonded labour to the worst forms of child labour, from commercial sexual exploitation to forced marriage, almost all forms of slavery are prevalent in India. While many remain trapped in debt bondage in their own villages, others are trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation, begging and domestic servitude. The recent assault of a 15-year-old maid in the upscale Vasant Kunj area in Delhi was just the tip of the modern-day domestic slavery iceberg. Every year, thousands of women and children are trafficked from states like Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal primarily for sexual exploitation and also for domestic work. Despite a 2006 ban on child labour, children can still be found working in brick kilns, cracker factories and coal mines which are among the many hazardous industries with appalling working conditions. Bride-buying, though a non-labour form of slavery, is practised in Haryana and Punjab where the sex ratio is highly skewed. There should be strict implementation of existing laws that will ensure that people who perpetuate modern-day slavery are severely punished. If India aspires to be a global power, its claims to such a status cannot be taken seriously if many of its own people continue to live in conditions of medieval drudgery.Looks like guys are ditching those plain pants and adding a dash of quirk to their style. Edgy and bold printed trousers have become the latest rage in men’s fashion globally. Recently, golfer Billy Horschel caused quite a stir at the 2013 US Open when he turned up wearing octopus print pants.Our fashion forward guys back home have been quick to follow the trend — while actor-director Farhan Akhtar recently rocked grey leaf print pants teamed with a t-shirt and a jacket, actor Shahid Kapoor topped the style charts with his funky green printed pants.Stylists give the style a big thumbs up. “It’s fun for guys to wear printed pants, or else menswear can be rather boring. But, go for this trend if you have confidence to pull it off,” says stylist Gautam Kalra. Stylist Rishi Raj adds, “Prints have been around, and the interpretations evolve. I look forward to see how this trend develops further.” However, stylists say that one should be careful about not going overboard while sporting this trend. “Tone down your printed pants with solid layers and be careful with the colours you choose. Keep your personality and body type in mind,” suggests Kalra. “Keep everything else understated. Make sure other accessories are not too detailed or distracting,” adds Raj. Stores in the city are stocking printed pants and flea markets in Sarojini Nagar and Janpath have cheaper versions. “Men’s wardrobe also has trousers in leafy, crow and elephant prints this season,” says Shilpi Dhir of a high-street label. Making a mark with printed pants* Tone down the printed pants with solid layers * Keep your personality, body type and the occasion in mind while choosing printed pants* Keep everything else understated. Also make sure your shoes and other accessories are not too detailed or distractingJonty Rhodes knows all about the heartbreak of being knocked out of a big tournament when you've come in as favourites. In 1992, it was an absurd rain rule that sent South Africa packing. In the 1996 World Cup in the Indian subcontinent, Hansie Cronje’s South Africa charged into the quarterfinal with an all-win record before a sensational innings from Brian Lara sent them packing. At home in 2003, a scarcely believable misreading of the Duckworth Lewis tables sent the Proteas spiralling to an early exit.This time around, the home team started the Champions Trophy as one of the favourites to go the distance. And though no one's saying they choked, Rhodes concedes that winning games in big events is about more than just having the basic skills.“I think a lot of it is psychological,” said Rhodes. “The team has a very strong batting line-up. The pace bowling is good and the spin attack is also looking good, which has not been our strong point in the past. So to me, it is a psychological issue, more than anything else.”“One should also understand that South Africa started playing one-day international cricket only in 1991. “We need to learn a lot, like Sri Lanka did over the years. You should understand that teams like India, Pakistan, England, Australia and even New Zealand were playing cricket much earlier while we were in isolation. We had to learn some hard lessons.”Rhodes, who is brand ambassador for Standard Bank, said 50-over cricket needed to be leaner, avoiding meaningless bilateral matches. “I feel the threat is when you play seven one-day internationals, like the one England and Australia played recently in England,” he said. “It was too long. The Champions Trophy is over in two weeks with just eight teams in the world and some great teams playing the event. “The public has come out to watch the tournament as they love to watch the best players in the world.”Rhodes, with his busy batting and electrifying fielding, would have been an ideal player in the newest format of the game -- Twenty20. “It is skilful cricket, the atmosphere is great. The crowds are always with the match. “The fielding is very dynamic. I am sad I missed such an atmosphere, but I am happy with what I did,” Rhodes said.“I feel my journey was fine. I began as a 23-year-old boy and had a great time playing 11 years for South Africa.”Remember how back in school, one craved for the attention of that quiet and serious guy in class instead of the ever-smiling flirty classmate? A new study now reinstates the theory that it’s the “grumpy, brooding, moody and unattainable man” that women find most attractive compared to a cheerful and happy man. So, men out there, if you thought that your winning smile can do the trick, it’s time to rethink.The findings conducted on 1,000 adults by a team from the University of British Columbia, Canada, concluded that smiling men do not appear as strong, powerful or masculine as those who seem disinterested and arrogant. “Women possibly take it up as a challenge... to get attention from a person who looks like a difficult nut to crack. It comes from the basic tendency in life to crave for what is not easily available,” says relationship expert Jai Madan. “You want that no-nonsense guy, who looks disinterested in romance, and is not falling for anyone else, to fall for YOU... it’s like an ego boost,” explains Madan. The research that was carried out by the team of psychologists, took a cue from evolutionary theories that suggest that women are attracted to male displays of pride because they imply status and competence. Ambika Sinha, a Delhi-based advertising professional, who married her colleague Aman, says, “Aman was a forever-frowning, serious chap, and it became a challenge for me to find out what he keeps thinking! He was like this ocean of secrets and I felt drawn towards him, so much that he gave in.” Psychologist Niranjan Reddy says that it’s this element of “intrigue” in brooding men that actually attracts women. “It’s like a teaser that silently woos and charms women,” says Reddy. (With inputs from agencies)The proximate risks of roiling investor sentiments are two principal factors: policy inconsistency and political instability. Investors want hassle-free entry into any economy to park their funds in. India continues to be seen as a dodgy destination for anyone wanting to do business there, a fact that any government can ignore only at its own peril. Red-tape and inter-ministerial differences are resulting in delayed decision-making, which in turn has hurt business sentiment. India ranks towards the bottom of the World Bank’s latest ‘Doing Business’ report.Investment decisions are well thought out and are predicated on a variety of factors including global perceptions about the destination country. Importantly, we cannot lose sight of the fact that India will be competing with other emerging nations to attract from the same pool of dollars. From a foreign investors’ darling to a slowing economy prone to risky policy flip-flops, the turnabout of India’s image has been rapid. Stalled reforms, policy missteps, mounting deficits, galloping inflation, fractious politics and creaky infrastructure — the rough edges are coming off.Deepening economic gloom is causing unease among business. For millions of Indians the last 12 months of high prices and low income growth have hurt. That has slowed consumption and corporate spending and sparked a series of slowdown cycles. Costly borrowing and inputs have dampened investment activity. India’s policy-makers have been hemmed in global criticism of delayed reforms and growing internal concerns of policy paralysis in the backdrop of a slowing, high inflation economy. Global agencies have also been unsparing in their criticism about the government’s economic management. Consistent policies and reforms, as was seen two decades ago, can herald entrepreneurship, employment, income and spending. For a better part over the last three years, policy gridlock hadn’t done India’s reputation any good. It would be in India’s best interests to soothe the frayed nerves of investors through some brave and bold steps that are needed to turn the tide.Australian-American director Bruce Beresford, who is currently heading the International Competition jury at the ongoing Mumbai Film Festival, is most thrilled about being able to return to India. “I went to a film festival in Kerala three years ago. But usually, it is (attending film festivals) not possible because I’m working on something or the other,” he says. Many international film-makers tend to bring up Satyajit Ray’s name when asked if they’re familiar with Indian cinema. But few have had the opportunity to meet the late Bengali film-maker in person. Beresford happens to be one of them. “I met him a number of times when I worked at the National Film Theatre in London,” he recalls, adding, “He was a very interesting and cultured man. And very tall (laughs).” While speaking of his love for Ray’s Apu Trilogy — Pather Panchali (1955), Apur Sansar and Aparajito (both 1956) — he even brings up his Academy Award-winning film, Driving Miss Daisy. The 1989 movie starred Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy. “Character conflict — that’s what I liked about the trilogy. Even though I had never been to India then, the story had universal appeal. That’s why while I did Driving Miss Daisy (I maintained that)... it is in the tradition of Pather Panchali,” says the director.While on the subject, he also made sure he told us about Aamir Khan’s Lagaan (2001), which he considers one of the best cricketing films ever made. He adds, “It was fantastic. I saw it in the theatre and then I got the DVD. The songs are great. Though there haven’t been many, this is the only film about cricket that is any good.” At the ongoing movie event, Beresford’s task- apart from selecting the winning international entry- will also be to host an interactive session with film enthusiasts on October 24 (at Metro Screen 3).“I thought I would talk about the necessity of story boarding. These days, with tight budgets and short schedules, if you don’t plan them, you’ll make all sorts of horrible mistakes,” says Beresford.His upcoming project that the world seems to be awaiting has a title that evokes one obvious response. Since it’s called Bonnie And Clyde, one tends to assume it’s a remake of the Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway 1967 film. But Beresford denies that. “It’s not a remake. The Warren Beatty one is a nice film, but it’s like a romantic version. This one (TV film) is much more historically accurate, with more details, and it’s three hours long. The only similarity between the two is the title,” he says.Indian companies that expanded at home and abroad during the go-go years up to 2008 face some tough choices. A big chunk of the money they borrowed overseas comes up for redemption over the next two years and with the economy tanking, some of them are finding it tough to pay up. Those that issued bonds convertible into shares are in a fine pickle. The stock market is in the dumps and their shares are now trading below the level the borrowers and lenders expected. International bond-holders do not find the equity worth converting into and want their money back, with interest.The government is worried that an outflow of $4-5 billion in this financial year on this account could pull down the rupee further. It is thinking of setting up a fund to bail out companies that must pay off their creditors. The prospects of a sovereign ratings downgrade make the picture more worrisome. Reviving investor sentiment is crucial to take some pressure off second-rung companies that were building the India story on borrowed funds. The markets must be made to see India is committed to reforms and macroeconomic stability. The government??s recent decisions on cutting the diesel subsidy and allowing more foreign investments in retail, insurance, pensions and aviation have set the ball rolling. The markets have revived, but to climb further they would expect that the government delivers on its promises of further liberalisation and prudent economic management.India Inc deserves a helping hand from the government during a lean patch. Companies are starved of credit because the government is borrowing too much of household savings to fund its social welfare agenda. They are thus forced to seek credit outside the country. With the central bank tightening interest rates to fight inflation, the economy also has slowed to a crawl. Both monetary and fiscal policy over the past couple of years have turned inimical to the interests of the Indian corporation, which has been spearheading growth in what was till recently the world??s second fastest growing major economy.One of the key targets for the 12th five-year plan (2012-17) is to improve the learning outcomes of primary students. This focus on quality is critical because various reports on India’s primary education sector have consistently indicated that children are not learning even though there has been a spurt in enrollment figures. One reason for such poor learning outcomes of primary schoolchildren — despite increased government spending over the years — is the poor quality (and in many cases non-availability) of teachers. Apart from upgrading the teaching skills of existing teachers, it is estimated that an additional 5.1 lakh teachers would be needed to fill vacancies so that schools become Right to Education (RTE) law-compliant. In such a challenging scenario, the result of the 2012 Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) is indeed frightening and should be taken as a wake-up call. According to a news report, less than 1% of the 7.95 lakh aspirants, all BEd degree holders, failed to clear the test. The CTET was put in place in 2011 to improve the quality of teaching in schools after the enactment of the RTE law.While there could be many reasons for this dismal show ranging from the CTET questionnaire to the fact that there were too many Hindi-medium students who had taken the exam, it is also true that the quality of teacher training courses in the country is poor. The draft report of the National Advisory Council (NAC) on RTE also acknowledges this fact. Saying that while there are many candidates who are ‘eligible’ to become teachers, very few possess the required competencies, the NAC has recommended the development of national professional standards for teachers, teacher educators and teacher education institutions. There is, however, a basic problem that needs to be addressed first: the BEd course structure as it exists now is oriented towards training teachers for secondary-level students and is not the best course for training teachers meant for primary-level teaching since that requires a different set of skills. So India needs to revamp and build a separate cadre of teachers who will be trained to teach at the primary level.For a majority of senior citizens in Delhi, the enemy is not some criminal who takes advantage of their vulnerability to rob or murder them. It’s the enemy within. Bal Mukund Sharma, 78, had to fight for over three years with his son to win the right to live in the house that he built for his family. His son used to beat him up in the hope of grabbing his father’s property. Sharma is not alone. One in five senior citizens in Delhi face abuse by their family members, mostly by daughter-in-law and sons. According to a report by HelpAge India, as many as 20% elders from Delhi and 23% across India said they had experienced abuse. The NGO, that also runs a helpline for the elderly, claims most of the calls they receive in Delhi are about harassment by the family over property disputes. “On an average, we receive 20-22 calls every day. Most of them are about a son or a daughter trying to grab the property. Sometimes it is only emotional but when it turns physical, we coordinate with police and take the relatives to the court,” said Mathew Cherian, CEO, HelpAge India.The report found that as many as 70% of the respondents who admitted facing abuse did not report the matter. “Maintaining confidentiality of family matters” was a major reason behind not reporting abuse (for 33% among them), followed by “fear of retaliation” (for 39%). Many did not report abuse as they “did not know how to deal with the problem”. The most common forms of abuse experienced by the elderly were disrespect (41%), verbal abuse (32%). As many as 27% faced physical abuse, including beating/slapping. The son is the main perpetrator of abuse (34%), followed by the daughter-in-law (24%). Police statistics show 63 senior citizens had been murdered and 27 were robbed in various parts of the capital in the past three-and-a-half years.“Apart from having a senior citizen cell at the police headquarters, we directed the district police to visit senior citizens living in the area regularly. Last year, 265,339 visits were conducted and 170,208 phone calls were made,” said a senior police officer.Although Parineeti and her cousin Priyanka Chopra have their releases together this Friday, Parineeti has asked Priyanka to watch her film. Says Parineeti, "I've asked Priyanka to watch my film Shuddh Desi Romance and she asked when am I watching her film, Zanjeer. We are both so busy with our own commitments. We need to find time for one another's film. But she 's definitely watching my film."Talking about the film, Parineeti says, "I had a ball shooting Shuddh Desi Romance in Jaipur. We had a huge star like Mr. Rishi Kapoor in our cast. There were huge crowds gawking. So shooting became like a live stage performance with spectators staring at us. But Maneesh Sharma was very clear that he wanted to shoot on location. It was great fun shooting with Rishi Sir, Sushant and Vaani Kapoor." Parineeti admits that she was nervous about working with Rishi Kapoor. "But when he came on location we forgot who he was. He just became the character. He is too spontaneous. And since I too don't decide beforehand what I am going to do in my shots, it was wonderful sharing camera space working with him." She felt no sense of rivalry with her co-star Vaani Kapoor. "Our generation is too chilled out. I am friendly with all my co-stars Sushant, Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor... By the way, I managed Ranveer's career when he did Band Baaja Baaraat. So my rapport with him is very different." Fingers crossed, Parineeti says, "I just hope Shuddh Desi Romance does well. This is a time for me to be a little nervous. Not too nervous, though. I am at a stage in my life and career when I can afford to be fearless. I am a fearless person."Rumors of this being India’s final Formula One Grand Prix have been the talk of the paddock, a fact that hasn’t gone down well with Indian GP race promoter Sameer Gaur. On Friday, a visibly irate Gaur went so far as to bet his life that the race will return in 2015.While answering queries on the race’s future, Gaur was all-assurances. “I’ve already bet my life on motorsport so I am willing to bet my life on the fact that the race will return,” he told a bunch of journalists.Gaur was not mincing his words and vehemently denied all fears. Whether you point out that other circuits are emerging on an already packed calendar, or how the fall of the rupee has hurt them vis-à-vis the licensing fee, Gaur’s response was alike. “No, not at all,” he said, to dispel all doubt, or at least try to.“Who from Jaypee said that the race would not be held? In 2011, everybody thought that the track will not be ready. We have shown India that we can make it happen. We made it happen in 2011. Why should we have any doubt that 2015 will not happen? I really don’t know where the speculation is coming from. This speculation, from the paddock, is very baseless.”Gaur was talking like a man who was either supremely confident or in denial. “Lots of rumours are doing the rounds but as of now we are not perturbed at all. We have a firm contract of five years ― extendable to 10. We have missed 2014 but I am pretty sure we are on for 2015.”Gaur also changed his previous stance of asking the government for help. Maybe even he’s realised it would just be barking up the wrong tree.“I am not disappointed (by the government’s stance) at all but having said that I feel the tourism department should do more.If I was part of the tourism department I would have said ‘I will join Jaypee and make it all a package deal’. That’s when motorsport will develop. We cannot make it happen individually. The price involved in attending the track is very high but if people get a package a lot of people will come in, and that in turn will benefit everyone.”Model Poonam Pandey, who is geared up for her debut film, Nasha, believes the role is perfect for her. “The storyline is very entertaining and the script is new. There is not only skin show in this movie but also a lot drama,” says Poonam. “If this film does well then I’ll definitely strip for my fans as disappointing anybody is not in my nature,” she adds. On being compared with the famous porn star, Sunny Leone, Poonam says, “I hate being compared to a porn star because in my film, there are dialogues as well, not just ooh-aah.” She adds that if her fans like to see her in less clothes then it is a compliment for her.On the film poster controversy started by Pakistani actor Veena Malik, who alleged that the poster of Nasha is lifted from the poster of her film, Supermodel, Poonam says, “I don’t know anything about it. The posters are out anyway and the movie is about to release so talking about the poster is irrelevant.” The actor also plans to visit the Seemapur police station regarding objections by some sections of the audience who feel that the poster isobscene and is unacceptable during Ramzaan. “Now that I am in Delhi, if I get time, I’ll go there as I can always apologise if someone felt offended because of my film poster,” she adds.The upcoming actor also states that she is always available on Twitter for her fans and regularly tweets about her daily routine. About her family reactions to this movie, Poonam says, “They always get angry with me and now they have given up on the idea of convincing me. So they don’t bother me anymore.”I plead guilty for not focussing on Paani for two years. I got busy with another film and selling my tech and social media company. But I will wrap it up this year,” promises Shekhar Kapur. The filmmaker released a DVD of Irena Salina’s movie, Flow, on Wednesday. The informative and provocative documentary highlights many African villages that survive on potentially toxic water, out of sheer necessity. It holds corporate and government figures responsible for the crisis and shows how grass-root organisations work to fight the increasing privatisation of water.Shekhar’s Paani also has its roots in the water crisis, which in the last 15 years has escalated due to over-consumption and misuse.“Do you know that every pair of jeans you buy uses 6,000 litres of water to be made?” he asks, adding that the water mafia, which sells this natural resource in the black market, is already operational in cities like Mumbai. “This will eventually lead to the city splitting into two worlds, which is what Paani is about,” he adds.The director plans to shoot the film on lavish sets and live locations in Singapore. “Hrithik is the only actor I’ve discussed the project with. If he gives me his dates, I will do it with him in a jiffy, but he’s so busy. We need to have a long conversation soon,” says Shekhar, who is currently looking for and hoping to get Indian funding for the film, so he can take it to the Oscars. “Slumdog Millionaire (2008) used India, but not its money, so the Oscar went to the British,” he reasons, sighing that in recent years we haven’t made films whose appeal go beyond that of the Indian diaspora. Hence, no Indian film has found favour with the Academy since Lagaan (2001) was nominated in 2002.Prod Shekhar on this year’s Oscar winners and he says, “The Artist (2011) was a great film, but the best movie of last year was A Separation (2011). The Iranian film bagged the Oscar in the Best Foreign Language category, but given that we had French, Iranian and Pakistani entries; in fact there were filmmakers and artistes from all over the world competing for the top honours, the Academy should just do away with this category and bring all foreign language films into the mainstream sections.”Narain Karthikeyan is currently in red-hot form in the GP World Series, and though the motor racer has received some Bollywood offers too, he says he’d rather focus on his sport. “I have received several film offers but I am a little fearful of taking them up since making films is not a piece of cake,” says the 36-year-old. Asked if races are projected authentically in Indian films, the man from Coimbatore says, “Some (portrayals) are just about okay, although I thought Race 2 (starring Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone) was alright.” As for his favourite female Bollywood star, he prefers to remain non-committal. Just like the racer is a premier name in motorsport, another famous name in another sport, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, has recently decided to quit the game. So what does one champion think about another? “Sachin is an inspiring figure. He lifts us all. It has been great to know him and his advice has always been very useful. He has constantly supported me in my career. I know he is a fan of F1. I will miss not seeing him on the sporting field again,” he says. The F1 motorist signs off looking excited when asked about what brings him to Delhi. “It is racing, racing and more racing. It is a great city to be in. There are so many things to do,” he says, adding, “But yes of course, I’ll miss being a part of our upcoming Indian Grand Prix.”Sunny Deol, who turns 57 today, has taken a break from his busy schedule and gone to his farm house in Lonavala to celebrate with his family. “I am always with my family on my birthday. We have a havan at home and this is how we have been celebrating our birthdays for years,” says the actor. However this family get-together will not see his father Dharmendra participating. “Yes, papa is shooting in Punjab right now. So he won’t be able to make it. But that’s okay, work is more important,” says Sunny. However, what makes the actor’s birthday even more special is a new song from his next action film Singh Saab The Great, which has just been launched. But Sunny claims that the song being aired on his birthday is “just a coincidence”. Prod him further about the film, which is based on the idea of taking a stand against corruption, and he says, “We speak a lot about these issues, but we never take the first step. The film is about putting your foot down and staying committed to a cause.” Sunny is also not in favour of going overboard with the promotions of the film. “The main audience which should be targeted is the individual who goes to the theatre. So promotions should be held at the cinema hall itself, because that’s where people go to watch the film,” he says.Gauri Yadav Tonk, who rose to fame with a TV show that ran from 2001-2004 and a couple of dance reality shows, is back on TV after nine years. "It’s all because of my daughter,” says the mother of a nine-year-old, who left daily soaps when she became a mother. “My daughter would see my serials and tell me, ‘Mamma, why don’t you act, I am grown up now. Why don’t you go back to serials?’,” adds Gauri, who now plays the mother to Mrityunjay, the male lead of an ongoing TV show. So, was she apprehensive to make a comeback with a mother’s role? “I was, initially, but after reading the script, I realised that it was a meaty role. If I didn’t do it, they’d have taken someone as young as me. My character isn’t that of a stereotypical mother in a sari, with grey hair and a bun!” says Gauri, who also wants to be back in a lead role with husband Yash Tonk. Is he excited about her re-entry on TV? "Initially, he was sceptical… Adaat ho gayi thi na mujhe humesha ghar mein dekhkar (he was used to seeing me at home)! Now he’s happy,” says Gauri.Actor Mahie Gill is upset with the roles being offered to her. Thanks to her unconventional outing in films such as Dev.D, Gulaal, Dabangg, Mirch, Paan Singh Tomar and Dabangg 2, Bollywood producers are offering her similar roles. “I’m being stereotyped. Around 30-40 scripts have come my way, with people claiming that the script or the character has been written for me, but, those are bad scripts,” said the 37-year-old , on her recent visit to the Capital. She further complains: “Producers and writers have started taking me for granted. I am shy, so I can’t even say no to people. I don’t take their calls now.” The miffed actor is now trying to break away from her set image. “I really want to try new genres please, I’m dying to,” said Mahie, who has reprised her role as the ‘biwi’ in Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, the sequel to the 2011 hit, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, that hit the screens yesterday. The talented actor also reveals another facet of her supposedly ‘bold’ persona. “Not many people know that I’m very shy. I’m an introvert and not at all an outgoing person. I love staying in my shell,” she said, adding, “I have crowd phobia now, since the time I shifted to Bombay. I start fumbling in front of a gathering and I want to get over it.”Ranbir Kapoor has never been so serious about his career as an actor. The 30-year-old’s next film, Besharam, is creating loads of buzz, and he says he is looking forward to take on the most senior actors in Bollywood, and more importantly, compete with himself to stay at the top. Shahid Kapoor and Imran Khan are your contemporaries, but you seemed to have surpassed them. Do you feel secure? I think I had always been a secure actor. I am competing with Amitabh Bachchan, then the Khans, and at the same time I am competing with Varun Dhawan. Having said that, my idea of competition is not that I have to do better than them, but that I have to do better than myself. I have to compete with myself. The industry has a perception that you have arrived at a position where you can pick your own heroines now. I have never taken a call on the cast. I don’t know if I have the power to do that. In the 10 films that I have done, I have worked with many newcomers. Pallavi (Sharda, Besharam co-star) is a newcomer; Ileana (D’Cruz, Barfi!, 2012) was a newcomer, and Sonam (Kapoor) made a debut in my film (Saawariya, 2007). Then, there was Shazahn Padamsee in Rocket Singh (2009). So, to me, the director matters more than the heroine. Directors want to work with me, and I’m very happy about that. As far the heroine is concerned, it depends on the director’s vision and not on me. As you turn producer, do you also have plans to produce a television programme? We will do something for Jagga Jasoos (Ranbir’s forthcoming production). We will probably start a show called Jagga Junior to kind of warm up the audience to the character. But it’s all in the pipeline — we haven’t decided anything concrete so far. The actor, who turns a year older on Sep 28, doesn’t seem to be in the mood to celebrate his birthday with grandeur. Not that we’ve heard of any major plans yet, but what we do know is that the actor has taken a day off from the promotions of his next release, Besharam. We’ve been informed that he plans to celebrate his birthday with his family — parents Rishi and Neetu Kapoor, sister Riddhima Kapoor Sahni and his little niece, Samara. A source reveals, “He requested the makers to push the promotions by a day as he wishes to spend quality time with loved ones."Powerhouse actress Richa Chadda better known her bold and brash roles in films like Gangs of Wasseypur and Fukrey , will now have audiences witness her softer side as she steps into Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Ram-Leela world.Essaying the character of Rasila , Richa stepped into the shoes of a traditional Gujarati girl , spending a significant amount of time learning the language. Says Richa, "Rasila is a combination of sugar and spice,with that she is beautiful and sensual.She is traditional and binds the family together."All praise for her director Sanjay Leela Bhansali adds the actress, "I took on the part without having read the script.It is any actor's dream to work with Bhansali and I'm lucky to have the opportunity to learn from him".Eros International & Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram-Leela starring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh is scheduled to release November 15th 2013.‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ author E L James has revealed that she is very different from the sultry characters she’s created in her best-selling novels.When James was asked about the sexual relationship that made the trilogy bedroom fodder for many at ‘Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album’ event at Manhattan’s Soho House, the married mother of two politely declined.“I don’t want to comment on that,” People magazine quoted her as telling E! News.While the books are expected to translate into a blockbuster film franchise, she insisted that Hollywood was never her “intention” and that the huge reception the series received was still shocking to her.“The books are my fantasy. I wrote them for me, really, and the wonderful thing about doing this is they seem to be other peoples’ fantasies, so I’m not such a pervert,” she added.He is 56. Yet, Anil Kapoor could easily get away with claiming he’s much younger. And audiences and newspapers alike have constantly wondered how the man manages to defy age. Now, Hrithik Roshan, speaking at an event where Kapoor was present, said that he no longer refers to him as Anil Uncle: “I have dropped the uncle; because there’s no way he can look like an uncle,” Hrithik said. The said event was the trailer launch of Hrithik’s upcoming superhero film, Krrish 3 (on August 5). When we later asked Anil about the compliment, he said, “I’m not delusional. I have three grown-up children-Sonam, Rhea and Harsh, so when people say I can compete with youngsters, I don’t take it very seriously.”Kapoor hosted the trailer launch event since “dear friend” Rakesh Roshan had specially requested him to do so. What came as a surprise, however, was Hrithik stating that he was deeply influenced by Kapoor’s acting style. Addressing Kapoor, Hrithik said, “Thank you… for being such an incredible influence on me as an actor. When I started off, I remember every single person who was observing me told me, ‘You are so much like Anil Kapoor.’ I was his assistant for four years while my dad was working with him, so my entire model of acting is based on him.”However, Kapoor laughs it off, saying, “Everyone has their own style. But when Duggu (Hrithik) said that, I was moved. I respect him, because hardworking people have always impressed me. When they (the Roshans) were working together for Kaho Na Pyaar Hai (2000), Rakesh would tell me, ‘Yeh bilkul tere jaisa hai (He is like you).’ But I would deny that.”Kapoor has worked with the veteran director in several films, including Kala Bazaar (1989), Kishen Kanhaiya (1990) and Khel (1991; on which Hrithik was assisting his father).Hip-hop artist Hard Kaur, who is fondly remembered for her song Ek Glassy, while talking over the phone to us, talked about how difficult it was for her to make her way in the hip -hop industry. “The people in the industry are old fashioned. They can’t digest the fact that a woman wants to be a hip-hop artist. India in that sense is more Westernised, as they respect artists based on their music and not on their gender,” said the 34-year-old. “I am the first female hip-hop artist in the world. Haters can hate and that’s what they will do. I am not bothered, as I have got the skills and I am finally ready to bring the real hip-hop in India”, she added. Hard Kaur, who recently collaborated with music composer Ram Sampat and folk singer Bhanwari Devi, for a song, Kattey, revealed how the lyrics of her part in the song are about her personal life. “Ram just told me to write whatever I feel like. I was so happy about it and I decided to treat the fans with some real hip-hop music. I straight away wrote the song. The lyrics in the song, especially my part, is about my experiences as a struggling artist coming up in the music industry. A lot of it is personal,” she concluded.ThemeThe collection is called London Eye. It’s inspired by Mark Gertler’s painting, titled Merry-Go-Round. When the ride is in motion, you can’t see the colours, but you can when it stops. On the other hand, the London Eye moves slowly, so you see these colours, which I feel are here to stay in menswear. The second part of the show is my bespoke collection, while the third is red carpet wear.Colour schemeI’ve used the colours of the painting — orange, cobalt blue and hues of yellow, cream, ochre, red and beige. For the rest of the collection, there are blacks and purples.FabricsThere’s linen, silk, wool blends and even printed velvet. I’ve increased the dynamic by using English prints like houndstooth, herringbone and Prince of Wales checks.SilhouettesThey are linear, well-tailored and elegant. The bespoke creations are very urban, and made for a middle-aged powerful man who can afford custom-made designer wear.What’s newI’m the youngest Asian bespoke designer, and showing that collection is a first for me. I’m also showing some wedge shoes for men, which are all brogued. I’m also introducing the tuxedo slipper, which is the highest level of luxury in London right now.A cultural troupe from the state comprising 23 artistes on Thursday presented rich glimpses of folk dances of Jammu and Kashmir at the Madyavarti Open Air Theatre as part of the 20th Lokrang Festival in Jaipur. The cultural troupe was sent by J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages to represent the state at the festival. The performances by J&K artistes featured, among other things, Bhand Paether and Jagrana. The Lokrang Festival is an important annual cultural event held in Rajasthan and draws artistes from different parts of India. It is being organised by Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, for the past 19 years. Around 1,500 artistes from 22 states are participating in the festival. Besides Jammu and Kashmir, artistes from Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Haryana also presented dance performances on Thursday. Apart from folk dances, a craft fair is another attraction of the festival where craftsmen from different states display their artifacts. Tens of thousands of visitors, including foreign tourists, visit the festival, which is held for 11 days. It provides a unique opportunity for the state to showcase its rich cultural heritage at a major platform.Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Wednesday passed a privilege motion against former army chief General VK Singh who had made allegations that the army pays off ministers in the state. The assembly wants to summon and question Gen Singh regarding the allegations. The motion was supported by members of ruling National Conference and the entire Opposition.A report in a national English daily in September claimed that a secret army intelligence unit, set up during Gen Singh's tenure as the chief of Army staff, paid money to a Jammu and Kashmir minister to topple the Omar Abdullah-led government in 2010. The revelations were reportedly made during an internal army inquiry. While the former army chief has rejected the allegations, he later clarified that funds had been given to many ministers in the state right since Independence to get certain jobs done. The ruling National Conference has demanded a CBI inquiry into the allegations.Concerned by the appearance of posters threatening panchayat members with dire consequences for being "government agents", the All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) today demanded that proper steps be taken to ensure the safety of the members of local bodies."J-K government must take all necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of panchayat members," Anil Sharma, the AJKPC General Secretary, said on Sataurday."Panchayat members are not scared by any threats and would continue to work for democracy, but the state government must be careful to avoid any loss of human life that is our concern," he said.Raising a fresh call for greater empowerment of the panchayats, Sharma said that one of the factors which had led to threats being issued against panchayat members was their lack of autonomy, as it made them vulnerable."If elected village heads are legally competent and authorised then, the general masses would serve as their security shield and protect them."But, in the present scenario and due to a weak Panchayati Raj Act, elected village heads are rendered helpless and being made easy targets for anti-national elements", he added.Posters appeared yesterday in Pulwama district of south Kashmir asking elected panches and sarpanches to quit functioning. The posters bearing the threats described panchayat members as being the "agents of the government of India".However, police is yet to confirm the veracity of the posters. Sharma also appealed to the panches and sarpanches against succumbing to the threats and resigning from their posts.AJKPC has been pressuring J-K government over its demand for the implementation of the 73rd Amendment Act for strengthening of Panchayati Raj Institutions in the state.An army jawan was on Saturday injured when a road opening party of security forces came under attack from militants in Kupwara district of Kashmir. Militants opened fire on the road opening party of 30 Rashtriya Rifles of the army near Handwara town, 80 kms from Srinagar, resulting in injuries to one soldier, police said.They said the soldier was taken to a military hospital where his condition is stated to be stable.Soon after the firing, army and police cordoned off the area and launched a manhunt for the assailants.Lucasfilm has announced that Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams have taken up screenwriting duties for, Star Wars: Episode VII, as the Oscar-winning screenwriter, Michael Ardnt, has backed out of the project.The production company said that they are putting together a master filmmaking team to write the script for the film and the 64-year-old screenwriter of, The Big Chill, and the 47-year-old creator of, Lost, have taken up the assignment, theHuffington Post reported.Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm said that Arndt, who was hired to write the script last year, had done a terrific job bringing them to this point and added that they have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production.The next Star Wars installment is still set for release in 2015.Jab Tak Hain Jaan was Aditya Chopra's gift to his father, said Yash Chopra at his 80th birthday celebrations on September 27 at Yash Raj Studios. Titled In Conversation With Yash Chopra, the event was hosted by Chopra's favourite leading men, Shah Rukh Khan, who stars in movie. News of his return as a director spread like wildfire in the industry mid last year. While Yash Chopra only revealed his star cast, he chose to keep mum about the title of the film until recently. Though, he tentatively titled the film, 'A Yash Chopra Romance.' It was recently that the name, Jab Tak Hai Jaan was announced, and the public was thrilled at listening to poetic verses in the film, which were penned down by Chopra himself. When Chopra announced his retirement, he said, "Bahut ho gaya abhi. My heart says bahut ho gaya abhi. I will not direct any other film after Jab Tak Hain Jaan." He said the film gave him creative satisfaction. He said, "This film has turned out better than my expectations. I don't want to do anything else." He added, "After Veer Zaara, I wanted to make something different, a soul-touching film. That is when I told Aditya, my son that I want to direct a film. This film is a gift to me from Aditya. He told me, 'make the film dad and I am there to provide all help'."The film, once again a classic romantic saga, stars Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles. On choosing Shah Rukh Chopra had said, "I have always had great experience working with him. He is the one actor who has never asked me what the story is about, how much money he will charge..."Lee Child, author of 17 novels including "Killing Floor," "One Shot," and "The Affair," has been awarded the Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement in crime fiction.The ex-TV producer joins Frederick Forsyth, Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell and P.D. James on a list of 27 previous winners."Lee is one of the few British crime thriller authors to have become a global brand name; he is also an extremely charming and open person and a tireless promoter of our genre," said CWA Chair Peter James.The author's prominence increased in 2012 when Tom Cruise took on the role of recurring protagonist Jack Reacher in a film of the same name, based on the story told in "One Shot.""Never Go Back," Jack Reacher's eighteenth outing, is currently scheduled for publication in August 2013.Summer jackets have become a hip piece of clothing to sport this season, with a bevy of Bollywood beauties such as Deepika Padukone, Nargis Fakhri, Priyanka Chopra, Amrita Rao and Huma Qureshi parading in these.“Summer jackets are classic. It’s not for a functional purpose, it’s more of a style statement. They work with most western silhouettes,” says designer Ranna Gill. “Summer jackets give an empowered look to women. It’s a great addition to any wardrobe,” adds designer Priyanka Modi. Designer Anand Kabra says it spells the arrival of androgynous fashion. “This trend stems from the fact that a lot of androgyny is coming into women’s wear. The blazer or the jacket is considered very masculine, but it has come back in its feminine avatar. It’s very girly and young,” says designer Anand Kabra. Not surprising then, that fashion labels report a sudden spurt in the garment’s sales. “From belted styles to pretty prints, summer jackets are a huge hit this season. They contributed to 50% of our sales,” says Deepak Aggarwal of Kazo. “Summer jackets are chic, classy and practical, and are thus in huge demand,” says designer Rajesh Pratap Singh, who has designed jackets for The Woolmark Company. “With filmy divas sporting them, jackets have become an instant craze among fashionistas,” says Kanika Jain, owner-designer of Kanelle.Action superstar Jackie Chan has joined the fight against the slaughter of elephants for ivory products by throwing his support behind the Canada-Germany co-production 'Gambling on Extinction'.The documentary, from Real to Reel Productions and German partner a&o buero film production, investigates the illegal trade of wildlife products, including ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts, the Hollywood Reporter said."Everyone should dispel the myths that ivory jewelry and carvings are made from tusks that have fallen off the elephant or from elephants that have died of natural causes," Chan said in a statement issued by the film's producers."This is simply not true. Elephants are being hunted and killed for their tusks. The only way to stop the slaughter is to cut the demand. We are all consumers, so we can all make a difference," he added.Real to Reel producer Anne Pick said, "I know Jackie supports many worthy causes, and we, along with our German partners at a&o buero, couldn't be happier about his support for our film and this international wildlife crisis." 'Gambling on Extinction' sees German filmmaker Jakob Kneser travel across Africa and Southeast Asia to jungles and trading hubs to expose the major players feeding and opposing the illegal wildlife products business.The documentary has already been sold to ZDF in Germany, W5 and Animal Planet in Canada, France's ARTE, SBS in Australia and Sweden's SVT.à¤?à??रतà?¤ à¤?à??न à¤?à??षà¤? à¤?à?? à¤?रà??à¤? à¤?à??à¤? à¤?à¤?à¤?à¤?à?? à¤?à??à¤?à¤? à¤?à¤?à??नà?? à¤?à?? à¤?à??à¤? à¤?à?? à¤?à¤?à¤? à¤?à¤? रà¤?à?? à¤?à¤?à¤?रà¤?à¤? à¤?à?? à¤?à??तà??र नà¤?रà¤?à¤?à¤? à¤?à¤?à¤? à¤?à?? à¤?रतà??तà??à¤? à¤?à?? धà??रà??-धà??रà?? à¤?à¤?à¤?नà?? à¤?नà?? à¤?à¤?à?? à¤?à??à¤?à?¤ à¤?à??रत à¤?à??à¤?à¤?à¤? नà?? नà¤?रà¤?à¤?à¤? à¤?à¤?à¤? à¤?à?? नà¤?à¤?à?? à¤?à??à¤?à¤? à¤?à??à¤?à¤?त...South African star Jacques Kallis has been demoted from his position as the world's leading all-rounder following his batting failure in the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, according to the latest ICC rankings.According to Sport24, Kallis, who scored five and a duck in his two innings in South Africa's seven-wicket defeat on Thursday, has come down to No 2 in the rankings, behind Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan.The report mentioned that Kallis' bowling figures in Pakistan's first innings were 13-2-44-0, adding that he did not bowl in Pakistan's second innings where the sub-continent team chased down the required 40 runs for victory for the loss of three wickets.According to the rankings, Al Hasan is leading the list, followed by Kallis at No 2, India's Ravichandran Ashwin (No 3), South African Vernon Philander at No.4 and England player Stuart Broad at No 5.Jadeja, Ishant get warnings for wild celebrations Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja and pacer Ishant Sharma were today warned by umpire Aleem Dar for wildly celebrating the dismissals of Australian batsmen during the third day's play of the fourth and final cricket Test, in New Delhi on Sunday.While Jadeja was warned for his over-the-top celebration after dismissing Australian opener David Warner, Ishant was cautioned for giving James Pattinson a send off after disturbing his timbers at the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium.In both the cases, Pakistani umpire Dar had a word with India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Jadeja had started celebrating the Warner's dismissal after trapping him plumb in front of the wickets even before the umpire had raised his finger during Australia's second innings, which folded up for 164.The incident happened in the seventh over bowled by Jadeja when he showed Warner his way back to the pavilion to which Dar, who was standing at the square leg, took exception.Dar then called Sachin Tendulkar, who in return spoke to Jadeja. Later on, the umpire had a brief chat with Dhoni too.Jadeja was involved in a verbal spat with Warner on Saturday during India's first innings when he had shown the handle of his bat to the Aussie opener.Both the captains, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Shane Watson, had to intervene to stop the verbal dual.In Ishant??s case, the Indian pacer could not keep a check on his emotions as he pointed the pavilion to Pattinson after dismissing him in the 45th over with the visitors' at 157 for nine.Ishant pointed towards the pavilion in an aggressive manner which prompted Dar to call upon Dhoni and had a word with him. Later, Tendulkar was also seen chatting with Ishant.Dar was then seen discussing the incident with other on-field umpire, England's Richard Kattleborough.YSR Congress party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Thursday called for a 72-hour bandh in protest against the union cabinet's approval for creation of Telangana as the 29th state. Holding the ruling Congress and main opposition TDP responsible for the decision, he demanded that all Lok Sabha members from Seemandhra regions quit, so that the process of division could be halted.He took exception to Centre's decision to go ahead with the division without taking on board the resolution of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly. He recalled that Assembly resolutions were passed when the states of Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand were formed.Future course of action by YSRCP would be decided soon, he said.YSR Congress Party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy has called for a 72-hour shutdown in Seemandhra region to protest against the Union cabinet's approval for creation of Telangana as the 29th state. The YSR party chief accused the Union government of trying to woo voters by approving the formation of Telangana."We have never seen a situation where the Union government has taken a unilateral decision to woo the voters. In fact, the whole process of having a national assembly has been ridiculed. This is very unfortunate for us. We demand that the cabinet members who ignored and betrayed state of Andhra Pradesh resign immediately," he told the media on Thursday. According to television reports, in addition to Jagan's shutdown call, Seemandhra Lawyer Joint Action Committee (JAC) has also called a 48-hour shutdown in the 13 districts of Seemandhra.The Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers (APNGOs) Association too called for a 48-hour blockade of national highways, reports said.Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, meanwhile, has convened an emergency meeting at 11.30am on Friday with ministers, MPs, MLCs and MLAs from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema to discuss the developments after the approval of bifurcation of the state.The Union cabinet on Thursday approved the formation of Telangana from the existing state of Andhra Pradesh and said that Hyderabad will function as the joint capital for both states for the next ten years.Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, who read out the cabinet statement in New Delhi on Thursday evening, said that a Group of Ministers (GoM) would be constituted to look into various issues between the two states.Shinde said that the GoM would work towards ensuring the safety and security of the residents in all the three regions of coastal Andhra, Rayalseema and Telangana, including the guarantee of their fundamental rights. The GoM would also look at the issue of financial assistance for the state of Andhra Pradesh after the creation of Telangana, and see that the special needs of the backward regions and the districts are met. The cabinet resolution would be sent to President Pranab Mukherjee with the recommendation that he refers it to the Andhra Pradesh state legislature.The tale of two fasts, held over 1,200 km apart, is moving fast into a war zone. At stake -- the title of biggest champion of united Andhra. On the eve of TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu’s fast in Delhi against the “injustice to the Telugu people”, YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy -- who is already on his second day of hunger strike -- has challenged him to openly support a united Andhra.Naidu, who had been a fence-sitter on the Telangana issue for long, has given the Centre a 24-hour deadline to review the “unilateral” decision. But Reddy was not about to let the sudden shift pass. The Congress did not escape his ire either. “Over 60% of the people in the state had come out on streets against the statehood decision, so how can it be in the interest of the people?” he said. “This is a political decision of the Congress with an eye on the elections. I might have lost some seats in Telangana with my stand. But I do not play politics on this issue.”On Sunday, hundreds of supporters thronged Reddy’s Lotus Pond home in posh Banjara hills. Among them was Lakshmi Devi, 45, who, with her husband and daughters, had come for a closer look at their beloved leader.“Traditionally, we have been Congress supporters. But we were also followers of YSR and now we support his son in this fight,” said the housewife from Mehdipatnam.Though the family is from Guntur, Hyderabad has been their home for several years. “Why should Hyderabad belong only to Telangana?” she questioned, echoing the sentiments of the crowd.Hyderabad will not be the only sticky issue in the bifurcation. The Seemandhra region will have no water, even drinking water, Reddy pointed out.YSR Congress leader Jaganmohan Reddy on Monday praised Narendra Modi for his administrative skills, but added that he wished the BJP prime ministerial candidate could practice secular, all-inclusive politics. Given that these are his first comments since being released on bail last week after spending 16 months in jail in connection with a corruption case, the praise for Modi might unnerve Congress leaders who are hopeful of forging a post-poll alliance with Jagan.“I am secular and I commit to be secular. But I like to tell you that when it comes to Modi as an administrator I have appreciation for him,” said Jagan. However, he obliquely pointed to Modi as using religion for political gain. “The fact is that Muslim, Christian or Hindu, we are all born once, live one life and die the same way. Then why create insecurity in minds of people who are born in other religions? Religion is a personal belief, why politicise it? What everyone needs is peace and development.”Jagan also took potshots at Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader Chandrababu Naidu who is reportedly considering an alliance with the BJP. “I have not deviated from my secular stand unlike Naidu who takes U-turns,” he said.He denied TDP allegations that he was able to secure bail because of a deal with the Congress. “If there was a deal why would I be kept in jail for 16 months?”Asked if he would consider supporting the Congress-led UPA, Jagan said he would do what other secular parties like the JD(U) and the Communists would do. “Don’t be in a hurry. I have my options,” he said.Senior YSRCP leader Mysura Reddy said Jagan’s statements cannot be seen as an overture to the BJP. “There are several regional, secular parties with whom we plan to associate,” said Reddy, echoing his leader.During an interview to this paper in 2011, Jagan had said that he was open to all parties at the national level, “except the BJP.”Jagan is now championing the united Andhra cause and will hold a massive rally in Hyderabad in October to demand that the state is not bifurcated. “The Congress is dividing the state with an eye on seats and the TDP is not questioning it fearing a loss of votes,” Jagan said.YSR Congress President YS Jaganmohan Reddy, who was admitted to a hospital on October 9 after being forcibly evicted by police from the site of his fast to protest bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, was today discharged. Jagan left for home from the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) in Hydyerabad on Saturday morning following improvement in his health condition. He was, however, advised rest for a few days, sources said.He was shifted to the NIMS on late Wednesday night, the fifth day of his hunger strike, from his fast camp and forcibly given fluids with police help. Police removed Jagan from his indefinite hunger fast venue after doctors voiced concern over his deteriorating health. A team of policemen swooped down on Jagan's house in the posh Jubilee Hills area, lifted him and put him in an ambulance.The Kadapa MP began his indefinite fast on October 5 in support of united Andhra Pradesh and doctors had advised that he should call it off since his blood sugar levels and other parameters were worrisome.The YSRCP President had undertaken an indefinite fast while in jail last month on the same issue and was forced to break it then, too, after he was hospitalised.The 40-year-old politician, who is facing corruption charges, was released on bail late last month.Having lost over a year — a crucial period in the run-up to general elections – in jail, YSR Congress Party leader Jaganmohan Reddy is in an overdrive, reaching out to potential allies, CPM and AIMIM. Two days after Jagan was released from the Chanchalguda Jail, senior party leader Mysura Reddy met CPM’s state chief BV Raghavulu on Thursday.Though the stated purpose was to take the CPM and AIMIM along in the party’s ‘united Andhra’ mission, political scenarios and possible alliances were also in consideration. The CPM is in favour of united Andhra Pradesh while the AIMIM was strongly opposed to the division till the Congress’s decision.“While we are glad with their (YSRCP) shift towards united Andhra, we told them that a decision to join hands in the agitation can only be taken after a discussion in the party,” Raghavulu told HT.At a time when parties are strategising on alliances, CPM understands that any kind of siding with Jagan would be tantamount to an association in the 2014 polls — to be held simultaneously for the assembly and Lok Sabha. The YSRCP overtures come at a time when Telugu Desam Party, an old ally of CPM, is considering grouping with the BJP to stay relevant in the state. Also, CPM was critical of Jagan on the disproportionate assets cases against him.YSRCP leaders, who have been holding strategy meetings with Jagan, said they wanted to take AIMIM on board for the agitation for united Andhra. An alliance with the AIMIM, which is strong in Hyderabad, could help YSRCP attract Muslim votes, especially in Rayalaseema.Even as he works towards new alliances, Jagan’s release has stirred the opposition Congress and TDP camps. Several Congress leaders, including MPs and ministers, of Seemandhra region are looking to jump ship. And Jagan is believed to have asked party leaders to be a bit accommodative in poll season.The YSR Congress has reached out to the Communist Party of India (Marxist) to seek support against the carving out of Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh. On Tuesday, a delegation of the YSR Congress, including party president Jaganmohan’s mother Vijayalaxmi and Alagada MLA Sobha Nagreddy, met CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury and general secretary Prakash Karat here and submitted a memorandum.Yechury extended support to YSR Congress for a unified Andhra Pradesh, and said the priority was to restore normalcy in the state as it was heading towards anarchy due to the Centre's “unilateral” decision. “Today’s priority is to restore normalcy in Andhra Pradesh. The Congress party and central government should stop taking unilateral decisions. And they should bring on board everybody concerned to restore a sense of normalcy,” said Yechury.Expressing concern over the “deteriorating” situation in the southern state, Yechury said, “Now the power grid is virtually broken down. As a result, train movement and communication has totally collapsed. Road transport employees are on strike. Schools and hospitals are not functioning. All this is leading to a chaotic anarchy and this is very, very damaging.”Referring to the meeting with the YSR team, he said, “Right now, what we have discussed is how to restore normalcy.”Asked whether TDP is moving closer to BJP and YSR to the Left, Yechury said, “I do not think it is alignment or realignment. The primary issue is to restore normalcy in Andhra and if you delay it further you are moving further to the state of anarchy.”YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy’s release from jail after about 16 months has come as a booster dose for his party at a time when majority of his party colleagues were becoming increasingly restless, and some even looking for different options. To keep the flock together, especially after the Congress party’s nod to the creation of Telangana, had become a major challenge for his mother YS Vijayalakshmi, popularly known as Vijayamma, and sister Sharmila.But that scenario has now changed. Jagan’s release would not only help in reviving his party’s fortunes but also effectively contain his rivals at a time when Andhra Pradesh is in turmoil over the UPA’s forward movement on the separate state of Telangana. With its anti-Telangana stand, the YSR Congress has emerged as a powerful force in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions which are against any move to divide the state.Some months ago, the YSR Congress appeared to have lost its major ground in Seemandhra when it fared badly in the panchayat elections. The Congress and the TDP both had done fairly well. But that was before the Congress Working Committee (CWC) decided in favour of a separate state of Telangana. The public anger in Seemandhra is now mainly directed against the Congress party and its leadership.Political observers say Jagan’s bitter rival, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, will now have no option but to strike an alliance with the BJP and rejoin the NDA fold after nearly a decade. TDP leaders privately admit that a tie-up with the BJP will help consolidation of the backward caste vote in favour of their party.Enjoying considerable support in Seemandhra, Jagan, sources said, would strive to make inroads in Telangana as well.Three days after the gory Maoist attack on Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh, the state government on Tuesday suspended Jagdalpur superintendent of police Mayank Shrivastava and attached him to police headquarters. Ajay Yadav will replace him as district police chief. The Bastar inspector general of police Himanshu Gupta too has been transferred. The state government has asked the director general of police Ramniwas to look after and monitor the VIP security personally. The DGP would be assisted by the Raipur range inspector general of police GP Singh and DIG (special intelligence bureau) Deepanshu Kabra. The death toll in Saturday??s audacious Maoist strike on a Congress convoy in Chhattisgarh??s Bastar division rose to 27 after bullet-riddled bodies of state party chief, his son and eight others were found on Sunday morning as reports emerged that the state was warned of a possible strike by the rebels. The bodies of Nand Kumar Patel, his son Dinesh and eight others, most of them securitymen, were recovered from Jiram Ghat in Sukma district of Bastar division, police said.Former union minister VC Shukla, among the 32 injured, was airlifted to Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon earlier in the day. The 84-year-old, who suffered bullet injuries, was critical but stable. ??Maoist violence is a serious challenge to Indian democracy,?? Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said while visiting the injured in the state capital Raipur. The killings took place at a time when 5,000 police personnel were camping in Sukma for anti-Naxal operations. Two specific intelligence inputs about the presence of 60 Maoists in a Darbha village was sent on March 13. Darbha is in Sukma district.Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced a major investment boost of ?1.5 billion to introduce a technologically advanced aluminium vehicle architecture in a new range of models. The company will create as many as 1,700 new jobs at its advanced manufacturing facility in Solihull in the West Midlands region of England to meet the requirements of the enhanced product portfolio.The latest additions will bring the total number of UK manufacturing jobs announced by JLR over the last three years to almost 11,000. "Jaguar Land Rover is a business driven by design, technology and innovation and this investment and level of job creation is yet further evidence of our commitment to advancing the capability of the UK automotive sector and its supply chain," JLR chief executive officer Ralf Speth said at the Frankfurt Motor Show on Monday.As part of a series of announcements at the automotive show in Germany, Speth revealed that the first new model to utilise the innovative new architecture will be a mid-sized sports sedan from Jaguar.The new model, to be launched in 2015, is being billed as one of the most efficient, advanced and refined premium sports sedans in the segment.It will also feature the first engine to be built at the iconic luxury car brands' new ?500-million engine manufacturing centre near Wolverhampton.Jaguar also revealed its first-ever sports crossover concept vehicle ?C the C-X17 ?C which was created as a design study to introduce the aluminium monocoque architecture.Balika VadhuJagya and Ganga enter the badi haveli but Kalyani tells them to leave the house. Sanchi holds Ganga and Anandi responsible for her broken engagement. Anandi is hurt and later when she’s crying in her room, Shiv enters but doesn't notice her. This hurts her further.Jodha AkbarAkbar saves Jodha from a tiger attack in the forest and gets badly bruised in turn. Jodha nurses him and the two forget their differences and come closer. Romance starts to brew between the two....and hits and misses of the last weekCheersDiya aur Baati HumIn an attempt to win over her mother-in-law Bhabhoo’s heart and cajole her into welcoming them back home, Sandhya goes a bit overboard. Her silly behaviour, instead of being exasperating, is cute, at least for now.JeersYeh Rishta Kya Kehlata HaiThe sequence where Akshara and Naitik are learning salsa was both funny and annoying. The instructor was a caricature-ish Christian character. Plus, Akshara tripping over dupatta and spraining her leg was too much.The Bihar government on Thursday suspended eight policemen for allowing a jailed gangster to visit his house and meet family members on way to a court hearing a day ago, police said. Satish Pandey is facing several criminal charges including that of murder, kidnapping and extortion. He is the elder brother of ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) legislator Amrendra Pandey.Satish Pandey is currently lodged in Chapra jail in Saran district and was allowed by the police team to visit his house on way to court in neighbouring Gopalganj district, a police official said. Saran deputy inspector general of police Alok Kumar suspended all the eight policemen escorting Pandey to the court."It was a clear cut dereliction of duty. We have ordered a probe into the matter," Alok Kumar said.He said another first information report would be lodged against Pandey for violating jail rules.This is not the first time that Satish Pandey has used his clout to visit his house despite being incarcerated. He has also attended marriage functions violating jail rules.In October, jailed former JD-U legislator Munna Shukla was seen distributing pamphlets in Muzaffarpur court to mobilise support for Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's Adhikar rally.In the past, jailed former JD-U MP Anand Mohan Singh, Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Mohammad Shahabuddin and former RJD MP Pappu Yadav hit the headlines for holding durbars inside the jail and threatening jail staff. They were found to have visited the homes of people outside the jail on way back from court hearings.A nurse has accused five of her co-staffers at a private hospital of raping her in one of the rooms of the hospital located on the outskirts of Jaipur. In her complaint to the police, she said one of the staffers named Chhitarmal Kumawat called her to the hospital saying she was needed to attend to a patient, at 9pm on Tuesday.But when she reached Rajasthan Women and General Hospital, the accused took her to a room and was soon joined by four other men who took turns to rape her for about three hours. They threatened her with dire consequences if she told anyone about the alleged assault. Besides Kumawat, she named Dr Choudhary, Sagar, Atta Khan and Mukesh Bagar as the accused, said assistant commissioner of police Pratap Ram Meena.Meena said the nurse was not at her home when a police team went to her home on Thursday morning to record her statement.The police have filed a rape case including other sections of the IPC and the SC/ST Act. The police have to get the victim medically examined before proceeding with the investigation.Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday described his side's second ever highest successful run chase in ODI history against Australia in Jaipur as one of the best performances with his young players showing controlled aggression."I think this has got to be one of the best you can see. Irrespective of the rule change, field restrictions and the pitch, I said 360 was still going to be a tall chase," Dhoni said after his side chase down 360 with 40 balls to spare to crush the Australians by nine wickets in the second ODI."I knew that we can chase down the target. Once we had scored 411 but Sri Lanka chased it down (at Rajkot in 2009). So I told the players not to look at the target and just go and play. Shikhar batted very well, Kohli was amazing, Rohit got a big knock," he said.Dhoni said what was noteworthy of his batsmen was that they were controlled in that aggression."It was an ideal pitch, fast outfield, but you need to keep the shape as a batsman, that's what they did well. Most of our batsmen don't have the experience of a Yuvraj Singh who has played over 250 matches. What you have to do is to be aggressive, but what is important is that you don't have to slog, you have to maintain good shape," Dhoni said."Our batting is looking good, but it's unfair to assume the batsmen are going to chase a 300 plus target everytime." Asked about his side's bowling performance, Dhoni said, "We need to improve in bowling. The reason is that if you attempt a yorker and it becomes a low full toss, it's fine, but if it becomes a waist-high full toss, then the margin is too much. It's one area we are looking to improve."A three-and-half-year-old girl was allegedly raped on Tuesday night when she went to fetch drinking water from near a railway station at Dabla village in Neemkathana tehsil of Sikar district, police saidin Jaipuron Wednesday. The girl, living in a shack near the station, was found in a critically injured condition by her parents after the assault last night and rushed to local hospital, before being referred to J K Lone hospital, where she was operated on, SP (Sikar) Haider Ali Zaidi said.The condition of the victim was stated to be serious. The girl lives with her parents in a shack near Dabla railway station in Neem ka Thana area in Sikar, police said.She had gone to the railway station last night to fetch drinking water from a water cooler when someone caught hold of her, took her to a secluded spot and raped her, they said."The girl was rushed to Jaipur last night where she was operated on," Zaidi said, adding that two persons have been rounded up on suspicion.The matter is being probed, he said.JK Lon hospital superintendent Dr SD Sharma said the victim was brought to the hospital on Wednesday early morning. She had internal injuries and bruises on abdomen, he said, adding, she has been operated upon and shifted to intensive care unit. Her condition is serious, but stable, he said.Rajasthan State Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson Deepak Kalra, said FIR has been lodged and police have detained a few persons in this connection. She said the victim's father had told her that victim would identify the culprit.She said the commission has taken the cognizance and will follow the case. "It will be ensured the child gets proper treatment and the accused is arrested soon. "We will lodge the case under protection of children from sexual offences Act (POCSO)," she added.Condemning the incident, Peoples Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL) general secretary Kavita Shrivastava said cases of sexual assault on little girls were on rise. She said: "We have to ensure the security of little girls without limiting their freedom." She demanded immediate arrest of the culprit, Rs. 5 lakh compensation to the victim's family members and shutting the liquor shop at Dabla village. State Woman Commission chairperson Lad Kumar Jain said: " There is need for rehabilitation and a uniform policy for giving compensation to such victims," adding, she has written to chief minister regarding it."Fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami activistson Saturdayheld violent demonstrations, exploding several homemade bombs, to protest a Bangladeshi court ruling that barred it from contesting future polls.Jamaat and its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir, held a procession near Mohakhali flyover in Dhaka and resorted to the vandalism and blasts, police said.They exploded several homemade bombs and vandalised a CNG-run three-wheeler at Mohakhali area. In Bogra, the Islamists hurled explosive devices at police, who retaliated by firing rubber bullets.No casualties were reported in the incidents.Jamaat’s demonstrations were part of planned street protests against the High Court verdict scrapping the party’s registration with the Election Commission (EC) and disqualifying it from contesting future polls as its charter breached the secular Constitution.The Jamaat has called a 48-hour nationwide general strike from August 12 to denounce the judgement. It has also announced to challenge the verdict before the apex Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.In an editorial, Bangladesh newspaper Prothom Alo blasted the Jamaat saying, “legal battle and street vandalism do not go hand in hand” and called the new generation of the party leadership to decide if they would continue to shoulder the misdeeds of their leaders during the 1971 war.The High Court allowed the Jamaat to challenge the verdict as the issue involved constitutional matters.Legal experts said the judgement did not declare the party unlawful and just disqualified it from contesting polls on constitutional grounds.Jamaica's athletes, including sprint star Usain Bolt, could be banned from major events like the Olympics due to the island's handling of recent drug scandals, according to Tuesday's Daily Telegraph.World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey, in an interview with the paper, accused Jamaica of "farcical" behaviour in its attempts to defer an extraordinary audit of its anti-doping programme until next year.This followed an invitation to WADA by Jamaica's prime minister to investigate revelations from the former executive director of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) that it conducted no drug tests in the five months leading up to last year's London Olympics.But JADCO's suggestion that they would talk to WADA next year infuriated anti-doping chiefs.If Jamaica is deemed to be non-compliant with the WADA code, their athletes could be banned from major competitions until the situation is resolved even though the likes of multiple Olympic champion Bolt have never failed a drugs test."The current position is unacceptable to WADA and we're not going to take it lying down, their suggestion that they'll talk to us next year," said Fahey."To suggest to WADA they're not ready to meet with us to talk about their problem until sometime next year is unsatisfactory, it's totally unacceptable to me and we shall act appropriately within an appropriate time frame."Asked if Jamaica would be declared 'non-compliant', Fahey replied: "There are a number of options."You can read into that exactly what those words are likely to mean but I don't want to flag it up," added Fahey, a former premier of the Australian state of New South Wales, whose mandatory maximum six-year term as WADA president ends this year.WADA said in August it was standing by to help Jamaica resolve their problems in the wake of the doping scandal involving former 100m world record-holder Asafa Powell.The global anti-doping agency had then called for urgent action on the concerns raised by former Jamaica anti-doping chief Renee Anne Shirley over flaws in the country's drug testing programme.JADCO chairman Herb Elliott responded to Shirley's revelations by labelling her a "Judas" and a "bit demented".He insisted Jamaica's drug-testing procedures were in line with international standards and said of the proposed WADA inspection: "The last time they were here, they claimed everything was OK. So I don't see how they're going to say anything is different this time."The cover of the latest James Bond novel titled 'Solo' written by William Boyd has been revealed, which features die-cut bullet holes hinting at 'espionage and danger'.Suzanne Dean, creative director of Random House, who has designed the new cover, said that she was inspired by Ian Fleming's 007 series, BBC reported.She further added that as the book features Bond on an unauthorized 'solo' mission in Africa, she was keen to link the two o's in Solo with the zeroes in 007.An audiobook edition of the novel, which is set to be published in September, is narrated by actor Dominic West.From playing a supporting role in director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, to headlining movies such as 127 hours and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, actor James Franco has come a long way. His next, Oz: The Great and Powerful, directed by Raimi again, sees him playing the popular Wizard of Oz. Though the character was depicted as the powerful but faceless voice of the wizard in the famous Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz series, this movie explores his origin. The actor talks about his role. Tell us about your character?My character, Oscar Diggs, is a pretty good magician, but he feels he hasn’t achieved everything he wants to in life and maybe he’s barking up the wrong tree. He wants to be a world-famous performer. Then along comes a horrible tornado and he’s whisked off to a magical world called Oz.Why did you want to do this?I was a fan of the Oz books when I was young. I read all of them. When I got the script, I really liked how they handled my character, Oz, who is sort of the emissary to the Land of Oz and is a bit of a charlatan. I thought that was the perfect combination and really the way to bring Oz to the screen in our age.How was it working with Sam Raimi again?This is my fourth film with Sam. I’ve known him for about 10 or 12 years. Sam is great at many things, but I would say the skills that stand out are that he’s a masteDirector Oliver Stone is in talks to direct the untitled biopic on Martin Luther King Jr with actor Jamie Foxx circling to play the lead role.Steven Spielberg is among the producers of the biopic, which is a co-production by DreamWorks and Warner Bros.Kario Salem is currently working on the screenplay from a previous draft by Ronald Harwood, according to the Hollywood Reporter.Neither Stone nor Foxx have offers at this stage, but meetings have taken place and the two are keen on taking the role.Best-selling British author Alexander McCall Smith is to pen a new version of Jane Austen's classic novel "Emma" with a 21st century twist, his publisher announced on Friday.McCall Smith, who has sold over 20 million copies of his "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series, said being commissioned to re-write Austen's 1815 original was "like being asked to eat a box of delicious chocolates"."Not only is 'Emma' one of the finest novels in the English language, but it is possibly Jane Austen's most thought-provoking and interesting book," the 65-year-old said."Writing a contemporary version of Emma is both a privilege and a real challenge."The book will see McCall Smith swap the setting of his detective novels -- Botswana's capital Gaborone -- for modern-day England.Publisher HarperCollins said the new version of "Emma" would be released late next year.Kate Elton, head of fiction at HarperCollins, said the publisher was "thrilled" to have signed up McCall Smith."The novels of Austen and McCall Smith share some essential qualities which make them enduringly popular with readers -- gently poking fun at their characters' 'follies and inconsistencies' as Austen would have it, and a sense that people can learn from this so that goodness wins out in the end."It promises to be an amazing pairing."The book is the fourth to be announced as part of the Austen Project, tasking authors with reworking Austen's witty 19th century romances for a contemporary audience.The first book in the series, Joanna Trollope's new version of "Sense and Sensibility", will be published this month, followed by Val McDermid's rewrite of "Northanger Abbey" due early next year.Curtis Sittenfeld's updated "Pride and Prejudice" will be published in late 2015.Born to Scottish parents in what is now Zimbabwe, McCall Smith worked for years as a professor of medical law before penning the adventures of Botswanan private investigator Precious Ramotswe.He has since written several other series, and over thirty books for children.Two-time Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda is all set to receive American Film Institute's lifetime achievement award, which is one of the highest honours in Hollywood.Chairperson of the AFI board, Howard Stringer said in a statement that the 75-year-old actress is American film royalty, the BBC reported.Jane, who has recently been seen in HBO drama 'The Newsroom' and as Nancy Regan in 'Lee Daniels' The Butler', rose to fame in the 1960s with films including 'Period of Adjustment' and 'Walk on the Wild Side.'She is also known for protesting against the war in Vietnam in the 1970s.It is worth noting here that the actress' father Henry Fonda was also handed the AFI's highest honour in 1978.The Fondas are the first father and daughter to both be recognised by the AFI.The most powerful individual in the global economy is set to be a female: Janet Yellen, the first chairperson-designate of the United States Federal Reserve Bank.Though probably not President Barack Obama’s first choice for the post, there is every reason to believe she reflects the same broad, easy-money viewpoint that Obama is known to embrace. Continuing to release billions of dollars into the world economy is still the consensus medicine prescribed by the central bankers of the US’ ailing domestic economy. It helps that Yellen’s academic focus in life has been unemployment. Heretically for monetary policy-makers, she has argued for a tolerance of inflation if it helps keep jobless rates down.The orthodoxy surrounding quantitative easing is a mixed blessing for emerging economies like India. Yellen, by most accounts, will not necessarily sing a different tune about monetary tapering than the present governor, Ben Bernanke, but she is likely to roll out a more consistent and predictable melody. This will help mitigate the fallout of the slow drop in liquidity that everyone expects to afflict the global economy in the coming months. The best of all solutions would be for New Delhi to be in a position to be unconcerned about what the US central banker was thinking. That would require India to get its own economic house in order.Yellen will not officially take office until next year. It says something that no one is quite certain what her inheritance will be. She may end up managing the tail-end of the tapering, the last vestiges of the subprime financial crisis. She could also end up crisis managing the blowout of a US sovereign debt default — a global upheaval that would dwarf the 2008-09 crisis. That would be the sort of test of not merely Yellen, but the entire US financial and political system, that will hopefully never come to pass.Augmented reality glasses that can translate a menu in real time were unveiled at a Japanese gadget fair Monday, with promises they could be ready for visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.NTT Docomo was showing off its latest development where cameras, computers and know-how combine to give the wearer a whole different view of what they are looking at.One function of the gizmo overlays the wearer's first language onto unfamiliar text, making signs and menus instantly understandable -- a boon to travellers in Japan, where foreign-language menus are not commonly found off the tourist trail. Japan's telecom giant NTT Docomo engineer wears a head mount display (HMD) to open a smartphone window on a notebook virtually for demonstration of augmented reality (AR) at the preview of the Ceatec electronics trade show in Chiba, suburban Tokyo. Photo: AFP / Yoshikazu Tsuno"Character recognition technology enables instant language translation for users travelling abroad and reading restaurant menus and other documents," Docomo said in a statement, as it showcased the gadget at CEATEC Japan.Another application turns any flat surface into a touchscreen, with a finger ring relaying positioning information to the device that lets wearers "touch" tags that only they can see, perhaps to perform an Internet search.Other uses include facial recognition that is intended to look up someone's identity -- and job title -- from a smartphone's directory. Japan's telecom giant NTT Docomo engineer wears a head mount display (HMD) to touch an animation bear for a demonstration of augment reality (AR) at the preview of the Ceatec electronics trade show in Chiba, suburban Tokyo. Photo: AFP / Yoshikazu TsunoPrime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Wednesday to keep boosting Japan's security role, saying that the officially pacifist nation should no longer be a "weak link" in the world. Visiting New York for the UN General Assembly, Abe signaled that he hoped to move ahead with "collective self-defense" that would allow Japan to assist its ally the United States. "Japan should not be the weak link in the regional and global security framework where the US plays a leading role," Abe said at the Hudson Institute on the eve of his appearance at the UN General Assembly. "Japan is one of the world's most mature democracies. Thus, we must be a net contributor to the provision of the world's welfare and security," he said. "And we will. Japan will contribute to the peace and stability of the region and the world even more proactively than before," he said. Japan's US-imposed post-World War II constitution stripped the nation of its right to wage war and under current interpretation, Tokyo cannot use force except in the narrowest definition of self-defense. In a scenario cited by Abe that sounded like a potential North Korean rocket launch, Japan would not be able to assist US ships near its waters if the vessels -- not Japan itself -- come under attack. Abe, a conservative who is in a stronger political position than any Japanese prime minister in nearly a decade, has long supported a more active security role. But any moves to inch away from Japan's steadfast pacifism could irk a coalition partner and anger neighbors China and South Korea, which frequently accuse Tokyo of insufficient remorse for its 20th century militarism. Abe defended himself with a biting reference to "an immediate neighbor" -- clearly China -- saying it has been increasing military spending by more than 10% annually. "My government has increased its defense budget only by 0.8%," Abe said. "So call me, if you want, a right-wing militarist," he said sarcastically.Trying to be too much internet-savvy in business is not always a good idea, as six pornography dealers in Japan have found outThe six pornography dealers in western Japan were arrested after they mailed their “catalogues” to the head of Osaka police department by mistake last week, according to local media.Police arrested Toshiharu Hidaka, 27, and five other men on suspicion of possessing obscene material with the intent to sell it in Osaka, Jiji Press and other news reports said.The suspects had been sending catalogues of illegal porn DVDs to random male customers by mail, and three sets were addressed to the police chief’s house accidentally, the reports said.Police then raided Hidaka's office in Osaka and seized some 280,000 uncensored discs as well as 7,000 erectile dysfunction pills, they said, adding that police also suspected they illegally possessed the pills.The six men have admitted the allegations, Jiji added.Japan voiced anger on Thursday over cartoons published in a French newspaper that took aim at the decision to award the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo despite the ongoing nuclear crisis at Fukushima.Satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine published a cartoon depicting sumo wrestlers with extra limbs competing in front of a crippled nuclear plant, which said the disaster had made it a feasible Olympic sport.Another cartoon showed two people standing in front of a pool of water while wearing nuclear protection suits and holding a Geiger counter, saying water sport facilities had already been built at Fukushima.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the satirical jabs give the wrong impression about Japan. The government has repeatedly claimed the accident and its waste water problem are under control and should not affect the Olympics.Japan is traditionally sensitive to opinions about it expressed in foreign media and has been angered that a crisis that brought such human tragedy has become the subject of caricature."These kinds of satirical pictures hurt the victims of the disaster," Suga told a news conference."This kind of journalism gives the wrong impression about the waste water problem," he said.The government will officially lodge a protest with the French weekly, Suga said.The incident comes after similar case less than a year ago in which French media made light of the nuclear disaster and its effects.TV channel France 2's "We're not lying" programme showed a doctored photo of Eiji Kawashima, the goalkeeper of the Japanese national football squad, with four arms.The show explained that it was the "Fukushima effect" that had allowed Kawashima to keep goal so effectively in Japan's shock defeat of France.The station later expressed its regret for the gag and French foreign minister Laurent Fabius reportedly apologised.While no one is officially recorded as having died as a direct result of the radiation released by the triple meltdowns at Fukushima, tens of thousands of people were forced to leave their homes. Many may never be able to return.Unlike many European countries, Japan does not have a vigorous tradition of satire. Its cultural emphasis on the importance of social harmony also discourages public ridiculing of others.A Japanese railway operator on Friday unveiled a new super-luxury train it hopes will appeal to well-heeled travellers who don't mind splashing out to have their every travelling need fulfilled.Kyushu Railway's "Nanatsuboshi" -- Seven Stars -- service has a lounge car with a piano and a bar, top-end dining and 14 private suites.Each wood-panelled bedroom has plush beds and a desk along with an ensuite bathroom with a shower and toilet, equipped -- of course -- with a heated seat.The train travels around the rural southern island of Kyushu, with a four-day, three-night package costing up to 1.13 million yen ($11,000) per couple.The company's website boasts of a "refined and dignified" design that is a "fusion of Japanese and Western and of new and old".The train goes into service in October this year, but is already fully booked until June 2014.A giant purple structure believed to be the world's first inflatable concert hall is to open on Japan's disaster-hit northeastern coast, promoters said on Wednesday.British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki created the unusual Ark Nova, a balloon made of a coated polyester material which has been erected at a park in the town of Matsushima.The structure, which organisers say is a world's first, measures about 18 metres high (60 feet) and 35 metres wide when fully inflated with room for about 500 guests.It can be easily deflated and travel around the region to host events that "help bring people together," a press statement said. The world's first inflatable concert hall in the disaster-hit northeastern coast town of Matsushima in Miyagi prefecture. (AFP Photo)Wood from the area's damaged cedar trees will be used for seating.The first event will run from Friday through October 14, including performances by the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra and traditional Japanese kabuki theatre. The event was arranged with the help of Switzerland's Lucerne Festival, a prominent gathering of world-renowned musiciansJapan's northeast coast was ravaged by a magnitude 9.0-earthquake and monster tsunami in March 2011, killing nearly 19,000 people and sparking a crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant, the worst atomic accident in a generation.The tourist town of Matsushima itself was left largely unscathed because of its protected bay. The world's first inflatable concert hall in the disaster-hit northeastern coast town of Matsushima in Miyagi prefecture. (AFP Photo)Typhoon Man-yi hit central Japan onMonday, with almost 3,00,000 households told to evacuate and fears the storm could go on to hit the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.The typhoon made landfall in Toyohashi, Aichi prefecture, shortly before 8:00 am (2300 GMT Sunday), packing gusts of up to 162 kilometres (100 miles) per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.Public broadcaster NHK said four people were missing due to landslides or floods, while at least 65 people were injured and more than 860 houses flooded.The typhoon was moving north-northeast at a speed of 55 km per hour, with the eye of the storm passing within 50 kilometres north of the capital at around noon.The meteorological agency issued the highest alert for "possibly unprecedented heavy rain" in Kyoto and neighbouring prefectures, while Kyoto and other local authorities advised a total of some 291,000 households to evacuate.Television footage showed the banks of the Katsura river in the ancient capital's scenic tourist area of Arashiyama overflowing and inundating nearby hotels and souvenir shops.Rescue workers and hotel employees were towing a small rowboat with four tourists on board in knee-deep water.The Kyoto prefectural government requested the Self-Defence Forces to deploy troops to join sandbagging and rescue operations.In Saitama prefecture, north of Tokyo, strong winds ripped off roofs and overturned cars.The typhoon was expected to hit the northeast, including the Fukushima area, on Monday afternoon possibly bringing heavy rain to areas near the crippled nuclear power plant.Operators at the plant said they were on alert amid fears the storm could result in more contaminated water running out to sea.Workers were pumping out water from areas near tanks storing radioactive water, from which leaks are believed to have seeped into groundwater."We are on alert for the possible impact of the typhoon at the plant, while pumping out water from areas near the tanks as rain continues intermittently," said Shogo Fukuda, a spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO). "But so far we have not had major troubles at the plant."Around 300 tonnes of mildly contaminated groundwater is entering the ocean every day having passed under the reactors, according to TEPCO.About 500 domestic flights scheduled for Monday, a public holiday, were cancelled, mainly those departing Tokyo, NHK reported.Railway companies temporarily suspended services on many lines in central and eastern Japan, including the Shinkansen bullet trains between Shizuoka and Mishima.Japan urged India to do more as part of global efforts to combat climate change when the foreign ministers from the two Asian powers met Friday, a Japanese official said.Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone and his Indian counterpart, S.M. Krishna, held talks in Tokyo during Krishna’s four-day visit.Among the other issues on the table were Myanmar, North Korea and piracy off the Somali coast, as well as bilateral economic cooperation, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of government policy.Japan is eager to get India’s cooperation on persuading industrialized and the emerging countries to smooth out differences over how to fight global warming, she said.India and Japan signed an agreement on economic cooperation in October during a visit by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The deal includes Japan’s 450 billion yen loan for a major freight railway project connecting Mumbai and the capital, New Delhi.Economic ties between Asia’s No. 1 and No. 3 economies have been growing steadily in recent years.They plan to further boost India’s economic development in the area of information technology. Among the projects is the New Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, an area designed to be a manufacturing and technological center for India.Japan’s direct investment in India reached 178 billion yen (US$1.8 billion) last year, tripling from the previous year’s nearly 60 billion yen (US$600 million), according to the Japanese government.Krishna, who arrived in Tokyo late Thursday, was also set to meet Prime Minister Taro Aso on Friday. He meets Indians living in Japan on Saturday, and leaves on Sunday.In a move that could significantly boost investor confidence, several sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) from Japan, UAE, Norway and Canada among others have rekindled their interest in investing in India’s cash starved infrastructure sector, which needs $1 trillion worth of funds in the next four-five years. “The government is in talks with a few SWFs and they have shown a keen interest to invest in the country and we are hopeful that things would materialise soon,” a government official said on the condition of anonymity.Though the recent volatility and a depreciating rupee have reduced the attractiveness of the stock market for SWFs, renewed interest of these funds are likely to reverse the trend. Last week, investment management firm Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) bought 50 lakh shares of private sector lender Kotak Mahindra Bank for a little over Rs. 357 crore. Besides, other funds including the $236-billion California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the largest public pension fund in US; the Dutch pension fund and Denmark’s LD Pensions are also looking to invest in equity, debt and infrastructure sectors.The government, which has set a disinvestment target of Rs. 40,000 crore for 2013-14, is also keen on allowing sovereign funds to invest in the process. “This would also help in pushing the entire exercise, which would be the thrust as the government has to meet the fiscal deficit target,” the official added.The government is also likely to consider treating Abu Dhabi Investment Council and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority as different bodies against the current practice of treating them as a single entity.2005 Japanese Grand Prix: Kimi Raikkonen proved in no uncertain terms about what it takes to win at Suzuka in this race. Namely; a fast car, a fast driver and a lot of bravery. Nothing proved this better when the Finn came back from 17th place on the grid and pulled of a stunning overtaking move on Giancarlo Fisichella's Renault at the start of the final lap.1976 Japanese Grand Prix: The very first edition of the Japanese GP was held at the Fuji Speedway, and was marred by heavy rain that prompted Niki Lauda to pull into the pits from a championship winning position. Having already suffered a near fatal crash at the German GP earlier in the year, Lauda was in no mood to risk his life again.Japanese literary superstar Haruki Murakami is favourite for this year's Nobel Prize in Literature, betting odds showed Friday, after repeatedly being mentioned as a contender for the prestigious global gong.Online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com was Friday offering odds of 3-1 on the novelist scooping up the prize, which will be announced in Sweden next month.Murakami, who has a large and loyal following worldwide, has been a regular nominee for the prize for many years, and was Ladbrokes' top bet at one point last year, when he lost out to China's Mo Yan.In the odds offered by Ladbrokes, Murakami is followed by US writer Joyce Carol Oates at 6-1. Peter Nadas from Hungary is the third favourite at 7-1, with South Korean Ko Un and Algerian Assia Djebar tied in fourth at 10-1.Murakami, who spends much of his time in the United States, is known for writing lyrically and surreally about Japanese who refuse to toe the line in a homogenous society, peppering his works with pop culture references.His three-volume novel "1Q84" proved a worldwide phenomenon, and non-Japanese-speaking fans are now eagerly waiting for translation of his latest -- "Shikisai wo Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to Kare no Junrei no Toshi (Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage)" -- expected next year.It was released in April in Japanese.Murakami's latest novel tells the story of a young man struggling with an ordeal in his past, who uses the support offered by a romance to get back on his feet.Translated into some 40 languages, his works have attracted fans globally with their so-called "Murakami world" -- fantastical scenes such as a giant frog inviting a salaryman into an epic battle, or skies that rain mackerel.A pint-sized android has uttered the first robotic words in space, showcasing Japan's drive to combine cutting-edge technology with cuteness.The wide-eyed and bootie-wearing "Kirobo" -- roughly the size of a chihuahua -- broadcast a message from inside the International Space Station, greeting citizens of Earth and paying cheeky tribute to Neil Armstrong."On August 21, 2013, a robot took one small step toward a brighter future for all," Kirobo said in a video that showed the humanoid creation drifting weightlessly on-board the ISS, as it moved its legs in the air.The images made their global debut on Wednesday as part of Tokyo's bid for the 2020 Games during a presentation ahead of a meeting of the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires which will decide the host city."Good morning to everyone on Earth. This is Kirobo. I am the world's first talking robot astronaut. Nice to meet you," it said in Japanese.The humanoid was created jointly by advertising firm Dentsu, the University of Tokyo, robot developer Robo Garage and Toyota.The robot stands just 34 centimetres (13.4 inches) tall and weighs about one kilogram (2.2 pounds).It left Earth on August 4 on a cargo-carrying rocket that was also delivering supplies to the ISS.Kirobo is programmed to communicate in Japanese and keep records of its conversations with Koichi Wakata, the first Japanese astronaut to command the ISS.The robot is part of a study aimed at seeing how a non-human companion can provide emotional support for people isolated over long periods.Star of "Beverly Hills 90210" and survivor of a 2002 speedway crash Jason Priestley will recount some of his life's most memorable moments to "enlighten, entertain, and inspire" his readers.The actor and director made his name during a ten-year stint as hearthrob Brandon Walsh in TV series "Beverly Hills 90210" and then as one of its executive producers; Priestley is currently star of Canadian comedy series "Call Me Fitz."Also contained within the memoir will be new insights into life behind the scenes of "Beverly Hills 90210," a series which relaunched in 2008 as "90210," and one which Priestley directed for one episode, when original star Tori Spelling returned to the cast.On his first death anniversary, comedian Jaspal Bhatti's wife Savita Bhatti had only one thing to say: “Jaspal did not get his due.” A visibly upset Savita rued, “The city did not give him the stature he deserved.” She not only blamed the city residents and the media but also the UT Administration for ignoring the artist who got Chandigarh on the international map. Bhatti had died last year in a road accident at Nakodar in Punjab. He had shot to fame with his television series Flop Show and mini capsules Ulta Pulta that were aired on television in the late 1980s.Savita lamented that when Bhatti died last year in a road accident no one from the UT Administration came to their house for boosting the morale of the bereaved family. She added, “Even Bhatti's alma mater Punjab Engineering College did not agree to dedicate their auditorium in the comedian's name.”Without mincing her words, Savita said, “It is a lone battle being fought by my children Jasraj and Raabiya and me to get the honour Jaspal Bhatti deserves.”Savita further stated that she would take up the issue with the UT Administration and was already in touch with PEC management for dedicating the auditorium in his name.We all know about Shabana Azmi playing a cameo on Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor’s Indian adaptation of international series '24'. But now her husband, lyricist Javed Akhtar is also a part of the show. Akhtar, who had earlier said in his interviews that he will never write for television, has penned some lines for a powerful speech that actor Neil Bhoopalam, who plays the role of a Prime Ministerial candidate in the show on Colors, will be seen giving. Sources say that the speech that Akhtar has penned is quite a bold one, focussing on the development of the nation.An Army jawan was killed on Tuesday night when Pakistani troops opened fire at Indian forward posts in Balakote sub-sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district in what is stated to be the second ceasefire violation of the day and the eighth in less than a week. Indian troops retaliated and heavy exchange of fire continued several hours after the firing that started at 5.30pm from across the border, a Defence spokesman said tonight.The jawan, who died after being hit by a mortar shell at a Forward Defence Location, was identified as Lance Naik MS Khan of 15 Bihar regiment, the spokesman said. GOC 16 Corps Lt Gen D S Hooda condoled the death of the jawan.The spokesman said tonight's ceasefire violation was the second of the day and the eighth in less than a week.Earlier in the day, Pakistani Army resorted to shelling of mortars besides automatic and small arms firing in forward areas along LoC in Hamirpur and Bhimbher Gali (BG) sub-sectors of Poonch district from 0630 hours today, the spokesman said.Indian troops guarding the border took positions and retaliated strongly with equal calibre weapons, triggering exchanges which continued intermittently, he said."There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing and shelling by Pakistan along LoC on this side," he added.Pakistani troops resorted to firing from 2225 hours late last night, the spokesman said, adding, Indian troops gave an equal calibrated retaliation triggering exchanges till 2335 hours."There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in Pak firing on this side", the spokesman said.Border Security Force (BSF) jawan, Constable M Basu was injured when Pakistani troops resorted to firing on Katav Border Out Post (BoP) along the International Border (IB) in Samba district yesterday.On October 12, Pakistani Army troops resorted to firing of mortar shells, automatic and small arms firing in forward areas along LoC in Bharasingha and Mendhar battalion forward areas in Krishna Gati and Bhimber Gali sub-sector of Poonch.On 11 October, Pakistani Army troops resorted to shelling of 82 mm mortars besides automatic and small arms firing in forward areas along LoC in Barasingha, Mendhar and Hamirpur sub-sectors of Poonch district forcing Indian troops to retaliate.Decrying the hike in diesel prices as "unjustified" action, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday demanded its roll back and withdrawal of powers granted to oil companies to regulate fuel prices. "There was no justification to resort to diesel price hike when the prices of crude oil in the international market were decreasing and Indian rupee appreciating against the US dollar," she said in a statement.The hike would result in increase in inflation, uncontrolled rise in price of essential commodities and increase in the cost of transport for poor and middle class people, Jayalaithaa said, demanding roll back in price hike. Petrol price was on Monday cut by Rs. 3.05 per litre, while diesel prices were raised by 50 paise a litre.Describing the revision of railway fares as unjustifiable, Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday said the latest proposal would put an additional financial burden of about Rs. 1,150 crore on the people and demanded its immediate rollback.The Railways has decided to increase the passenger fare and freight tariff by about 2% from tomorrow to offset the financial burden arising out of increased input cost."For the next six months about Rs. 1,150 crore financial burden has been placed on people through the revision of railway fares. Through this, low and middle income groups will suffer more. I strongly condemn the proposal to increase the fares and ur ge the Centre for its rollback", she said in a release.Referring to the early practice of revising fuel prices every six months, she said the Union government has subsequently led (the oil marketing companies) to revise it every month.Similarly, the practice of hiking railway fares every two years has been revised to every six months, she said, adding, "This is a betrayal to the common man".She alleged that if the UPA government had prevented various scams like the 2G spectrum scam, coal scam and Commonwealth Games scam, revising fuel prices for every month may have been "avoided"."At a time when the price of essential commodities are increasing and fuel prices have been hiked, how far is it justifiable for the Centre, to revise the price of Railway fares?," she asked.Mahela Jayawardene resigned as Sri Lanka's Twenty20 captain on Sunday, but insisted it had nothing to do with the 36-run defeat to the West Indies in the World T20 final."I had told the selectors before the tournament started that I won't captain in T20 and they needed to groom someone else for the future," Jayawardene told reporters after the final in Colombo.Jayawardene, 35, will however continue as a player in the shortest format and will also lead in both Test and one-day cricket.The accomplished batsman has scored 1,224 runs in 44 Twenty20 internationals at a strike rate of 133.77 per 100 balls.The first world title for the West Indies since the 50-over World Cup triumph in 1979 also handed Sri Lanka their fourth defeat in a major final since 2007.Sri Lanka have now lost two successive 50-over World Cup finals in 2007 and 2011 and two World Twenty20 finals in 2009 and 2012.It should be a good contest between two teams which have come through the grind. It's amazing how a small island like Sri Lanka has produced quality cricketers. They have qualified for four World Cup finals since 2007, which speaks volumes of the players' class, and a lot of credit should be given to Jayawar-dene and Sangakkara. They have carried Sri Lankan cricket like big brothers in this period.For the West Indies, are we seeing their revival on the international scene? After their golden era, they struggled for a long period but this side has class and quality in all departments. Whether they can maintain it, time will tell.Sri Lanka start as favourites but in a 20-over contest it is difficult to say whether the favouri-tes will come out winners, especially if you have Chris Gayle as your opponent. He is the best T20 player in the world; on Friday, he showed why he is considered so.Gayle now takes time to settle down, adapt to the conditions and nature of the pitch. He has realised that if he hangs around and plays 30-odd scoring shots, he can win a game single-handedly.If Gayle can be tamed early, the job will be half done. Sri Lanka and West Indies had this experience in the earlier match, where the West Indies could muster a small total after Gayle was gone.Will spin be the way for Jayawardene or will it be the seamers? In the last match, Kulasekara did the trick. There is a school of thought that because Gayle plays from the crease, he may be susceptible to the moving ball. But the man who has a triple-hundred in Test cricket didn't get it by not moving around in the crease.He has also learnt to adapt to sub-continent conditions by playing in T20 competitions in the region. But I think Mahela will not make things easy for Gayle and the big man will be tested.360 Corporate RelationsThe writer is a former India skipperWith the Janata Dal (United) national meeting expected to dwell on the issue of prime ministerial candidate of the NDA, BJP president Rajnath Singh on Saturday said any issues between the two parties would be sorted out. He was referring to reservations that the JD(U) have expressed over the clamour within the BJP to project Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as the alliance's prime minister candidate, ahead of Lok Sabha elections 2014."JD(U) is an old ally. If there is any issue, it will be sorted out mutually," Rajnath Singh told reporters in New Delhi. The national executive meeting of JD(U) began in New Delhi on Saturday and the national convention will take place on Sunday.Sources said that there had been back channel talks between the senior BJP and JD(U) leaders as tensions were simmering over the choice of prime ministerial candidate. They said the BJP does not want the JD(U) to set any immediate deadline for the declaration of a prime ministerial candidate. Speculation was rife in political circles that the JD(U) would press for an early decision on the prime ministerial candidate, given the party's reservations to projecting Modi for the post.JD(U) sources asserted that the party was working, in alliance with the BJP, on a common national agenda, and would not compromise on the principle of secularism. Sources had indicated that the JD(U) could decide to part ways with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) if Modi is projected as prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has, on more than one occasion, expressed grave reservations over Modi's candidature for prime ministership, given his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots.The JD(U) is the largest constituent of the NDA after the BJP, with 20 members in the Lok Sabha. The party leads the government in Bihar, with the BJP as its junior partner.JD(U) MP Ali Anwar Ansari has said that the party has "principles" on the issue of prime ministerial candidate: The person chosen should have secular credentials, be able to take everyone along, and should be a votary of the rights of backward states.Ansari said the NDA would collectively decide on its prime minister choice, and the BJP, being the largest constituent of the alliance, should propose a name.With the exit of Janata Dal (United) ― the main hurdle in his path ― from the NDA, all signs point towards the unfettered rise of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi within BJP as Lok Sabha polls draw close.“After this, the battle lines in the polity will be drawn between those with Modi and those against him. There may be voices within the BJP crying over the alliance breaking, but spilt milk is spilt and Modi’s rise is now a fait accompli,” a senior RSS functionary told HT. And with his rise, the coming polls are bound to see polarisation on the question of secularism, especially in Bihar and UP.A pro-Modi leader said his rise has been further cemented by this divorce, and the party has no option now but to throw its weight behind him and see how he fares.But, if he fails in the polls or an unexpected controversy comes up before them, party insiders warn, there may be a dramatic regrouping of anti-Modi forces.Led by BJP patriarch LK Advani, the camp within the BJP that was opposed to a Modi-only pitch has lost a crucial bargaining chip with Nitish Kumar’s abrupt departure. These leaders, however, will assume a "we-told-you-so" line for some days now, but this may be unable to check Modi.While Sushma Swaraj - seen as close to Advani -- tweeted Sunday evening that the NDA's splitting was "sad and unfortunate", Advani reportedly told Rajnath Singh that the NDA's disintegration was sad.Advani had been the one to emphasise that BJP could return to power only if the NDA expanded. The Sangh and large sections of the BJP, including Singh, however, feel that the NDA can expand only if the BJP's tally rises impressively, which, they believe, only Modi can achieve.The party has seen realignments take place: Modi, Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley for Modi's elevation - with cadre and RSS backing - and Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Ananth Kumar arguing that only a strong NDA could make the BJP win in 2014.With the NDA clearly no longer a winnable entity in itself, Modi's "magic" - or the lack of it - will be tested soon.Janata Dal(United) on Wednesday suspended two rebel MPs from the party for six years following their anti-party activities, a senior official said. The decision to suspend Jainarayan Nishad and Purnamasi Ram was taken by JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav considering their persistent anti-party activities, Bihar JD(U) chief Bashistha Narayan Singh said.Nishad is JD(U) Lok Sabha member from Muzaffarpur while Ram represents Gopalganj (Reserved) seat in the lower house, in Bihar. Party sources said that the MPs have been regularly attacking Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and gravitating towards BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.Nishad had lend his Delhi house for organising 'havan' for Modi and also met BJP Gujarat president Rajendra Rupala, sources said.Ram, who had moved from RJD to JD(U), had recently described Nitish Kumar as "Hitler" and praised Modi.On speaking on the conviction of Lalu Prasad Tuesday, Ram had described the RJD chief as innocent and said that Nitish Kumar would also face the same fate in CBI's next hearing on November 22.Incidentally, last week the JD(U) had shown door to rebel party MLA Cheddi Paswan, who had met Narendra Modi at Gandhinagar.Delhi’s voters seem spoilt for choice with the Janata Dal (United) preparing to field its candidates on all 70 Assembly seats. But this spells bad news for the national parties as the regional parties may eat into their votebanks. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has already emerged as a new alternative for the voters and has been campaigning aggressively against the Sheila Dikshit government and denting the BJP’s prospects to garner the anti-incumbency votes. On Wednesday, UPA ally Nationalist Congress Party also announced fielding candidates from all 70 seats. The JD(U)’s move is likely to further divide the BJP votes. Sources said the recent National Democratic Alliance (NDA)-JDU split is one of the triggering factors for this decision. “This is really going to hurt the BJP, mostly because of the Purvanchali votebank. The migrant population may not be very inclined, especially towards the BJP,” said Vivek Kumar, associate professor, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University.The JD(U) is especially counting on the 40-lakh Purvanchalis spread across the city who can help them win a few seats while vote division is likely to take place in several other constituencies. “We have conducted a survey after dividing the assembly seats into four categories. There are at least eight seats where Purvanchali voters’ population exceeds 40,000. We are concentrating more on these seats. Our next focus area would be on areas where their number is at least 30,000. While our focus is on seats where we can win, we want to increase our vote percentage,” said Sabir Ali, Delhi JD(U) president.Purvanchalis form more than 30 per cent population in constituencies such as Dwarka, Vikaspuri, Patparganj, Uttam Nagar, RK Puram, Badli, Matiala, Laxmi Nagar among others. The party has already started interacting with the residents of these colonies to know their concerns.The Jeep Cherokee, Mercedes CLA, Suzuki SX4 and Peugeot 2008 are the latest vehicles to obtain the maximum 5-star crash test safety rating from the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP). Among the cars tested in the latest round of Euro NCAP crash tests, the Suzuki SX4 and Mercedes CLA earned the highest score for safety assist technology (81%), while the Suzuki SX4 and Jeep Cherokee stood out for the highest adult passenger safety rating (92%). In terms of pedestrian safety, the Mercedes CLA emerged as the winner in this round of tests, with a score of 74%.All of the vehicles tested in the Euro NCAP are evaluated based on four main criteria: adult occupant safety, child occupant safety, pedestrian safety, and safety assistance technologies.Late Mexican-American music star Jenni Rivera tells a story of rape, attempted suicide and domestic abuse in an official autobiography released this week on what would have been her 44th birthday.People and People en Espanol magazines have offered excerpts from "Unbreakable: My Story, My Way", a 239-page volume published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.The US-born singer reveals that she was raped by a man she encountered at a Los Angeles club where Rivera regularly performed as she was trying to get her career started.Rivera, who died last December in a plane crash in northern Mexico, says she never told anyone about the assault because she wanted to preserve her identity as a tough rebel "who never lost a fight".Other bombshells concern a suicide attempt at 19 and a secret lover 10 years her junior Rivera describes as a man who loved her "for the passionate, down, crazy, gangsta woman I was when the spotlight was off".At the time of her death, Rivera was estranged from her third husband, professional baseball player Esteban Loaiza."This is a story of triumph despite many obstacles, much pain," the singer's sister, Rosie Rivera, told People en Espanol.Jennifer Lawrence is set to star in a remake of the James Dean film East of Eden, it has been revealed.The new film will reunite the Academy award winning actress with director, Gary Ross, with whom she worked on The Hunger Games, the BBC reported.The story, which is based on John Steinbeck's classic novel, revolves around rival brothers who compete for their father's attention on a Californian farm.Lawrence is set to play the estranged mother of the brothers.In Elia Kazan's 1955 film version of the book, the role of the mother was played by Jo Van Fleet, who won a best supporting actress Academy Award for her performance.Jenson Button is hoping to stay with McLaren next year, despite their disappointments in 2013, but is still waiting for the team to sign a contract.The 33-year-old Briton revealed his position at the Belgian Grand Prix on Friday, but made clear he has no intention of seeking a drive elsewhere. Button said: “I think I have a contract for next year, but I don’t think it has a signature on it yet though... I really want to be here next year.“You might think that is strange after this season, but I think this year has been good for us in a way. We will be a much stronger team next year.“I want to be here next year, but I haven’t heard the confirmation of that yet from the team -- and you have to wait for that.”The 2009 world champion said he was aware that there may be vacancies at both champions Red Bull and with Ferrari, but distanced himself from speculation suggesting he may be a contender.Kimi says Lotus know what to do to keep himKimi Raikkonen made clear on Friday that his Lotus Formula One team had issues to resolve before he could have serious discussions about staying on next season.Speaking to reporters at the Belgian Grand Prix after crying off ‘sick’ on Thursday in the face of a wave of speculation about his future, Raikkonen said he had yet to sign a contract with anyone for 2014.“It’s the same as four weeks ago. Nothing has changed, apart from more rumours and more teams,” he said, facing a scrum of reporters in the team motorhome with his eyes shielded by sunglasses.Singer-actor Justin Timberlake says he makes minor decisions about his home decor as his actress wife Jessica Biel takes the overall charge of it.The 32-year-old 'Mirrors' hitmaker says he is obsessed with small details in the decor, reported Contactmusic."I'm a bit of an art collector and I can get a bit obsessed with details, like handles on drawers and such. But I guess 'contemporary with a bit of other stuff mixed in' would describe our home," Timberlake said."I tell myself I have a choice in things, but that's just because I'm in denial," he added.Though the 'Runner Runner' star owns several properties, he says Tennessee, where he was raised, will always be home."I have real estate in several places. But Tennessee, where I grew up, will always be home," he said.Shares of Jet Airways on Thursday fell more than 6% in morning trade on the bourses after the Naresh Goyal-run Jet Airways reported an eight-fold increase in losses at Rs. 891 crore in the September quarter. Jet Airways today blamed a steep fall in the rupee, slowdown in the domestic aviation market and rise in fuel costs for a sharp widening in standalone net loss at Rs. 891 crore in the July-September quarter. It had logged Rs. 99.7 crore loss in the year-ago period.Reacting to the numbers, shares of Jet Airways opened on a weak note and then slumped 6.06% to Rs. 325.05 on the BSE. Similar movement was witnessed on the National Stock Exchange as well where the company opened at Rs. 330, then fell 6.42% to an intra-day low of Rs. 324.15.The decline in the counter assumes significance as the broader market was trading in the positive territory with significant gains. At 1126 hours, the 30-share benchmark index Sensex was trading at 20,943.49, higher by 175.61 points. Market experts said the decline in the counter was largely because investors dumped the stock after the company reported its worst quarterly loss on record. Jet Airways Group operates more than 550 flights a day with its two brands, the full-service Jet Airways and the low-cost JetLite. The consolidated losses were much higher at Rs. 998.5 crore. The airline did not offer a comparative figure either this quarter or in the corresponding quarter last fiscal, when it offered only standalone numbers.Shares of Jet Airways rose Friday, a day after the cabinet approved a proposal for 24 percent stake sale in the Indian passenger carrier to Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways. The company's scrip at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) rose to 3.50 percent or 13.55 points around 10.30 a.m. at Rs.400.15 from its previous close of Rs.386.60 Thursday.On Oct 3, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave nod to the deal between the two airlines, paving the way for the first foreign capital by an international passenger carrier into a domestic one. "The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today (Thursday) gave its approval to the proposal of Etihad Airways for subscribing 2,72,63,372 equity shares of Jet Airways," the CCEA said in a statement."The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) has recommended the proposal. The approval would result in foreign investment amounting to Rs.2,057.66 crore in the country."The deal was announced on April 24, nearly eight months after the Indian government permitted international airlines to invest into domestic passenger carriers. Jet Airways had announced a 24 percent stake sale to Etihad Airways.The deal also comes on the back of an approval given by the stock market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), following an amended share holding agreement between the two airlines.The deal is expected to garner around Rs.2,058 crore ($379 million) for Jet Airways, which will enable the company to service its debts and provide passengers better connectivity.Facing tough operating conditions in India due to high interest and fuel cost coupled with a general economic slowdown, the company reported a net loss for the first quarter of 2013-14.The Jet Airways reported a net loss of Rs.485.50 crore for the year ended March 31 as compared to a net loss of Rs.1,236.10 crore in 2011-12.Ram Jethmalani, who was expelled by the BJP in May this year, filed a damage suit in the Delhi high court earlier this month against members of the party’s parliamentary board and later withdrew it last week, citing errors that needed correction. In his suit, Jethmalani sought damages of `50 lakh from nine of the 11 members of the BJP’s board, excepting former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and PM candidate Narendra Modi, whom he has publicly backed for the top post. Jethmalani was not available for comment.In his petition, he held that the board’s decision to expel him was arbitrary, arguing that it did not have the authority to expel him, and that the language used in the letter that informed him of his expulsion tarnished his image. Jethmalani was expelled from the BJP after he openly attacked opposition leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley over the appointment of CBI director, saying they were against Ranjit Sinha because they favoured then Delhi police chief Neeraj Kumar.Jews across the city have been spending the past few days purifying utensils in their homes for Passover, which starts on Wednesday. According to Jewish tradition all traces of ferment have to be removed as a way of commemorating the Israelites fleeing slavery in Eygpt, when there was no time to let their bread rise. They must also possess a special set utensils for exclusive use during the eight-day festival or kosher (purify) all their vessels of any leavened product before it starts.At the Evelyn Peters Jewish Community Centre in Mumbai on Tuesday, the kitchen was stacked high with hundreds of metal tiffin boxes, pots and pans ready to be purified according to the Hagalah ritual. Tiffins prepared in the kitchen are sent to 50 elderly Jews everyday.“We have to relive the Book of Exodus and behave like we are leaving Egypt and it’s all happening again. Purifying our homes of all ferment is one of the major criteria of doing that,” said Elijah Jacob, country manager of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which runs the centre.In the kitchen, assistant manager Solomon Charikar (51) stood next to two steaming metal vessels. He recited a prayer and then dropped three hot bricks, causing the boiling water to splash over his trousers. “We have to purify the vessel we are going to dip the utensils in. To do that we have to clean the brim by letting the water boil over,” he said. He used metal tongs to pick a pan, dropped it into the boiling water three times, and then dropped it in cold water. “This will go on for hours,” he added. “I enjoy it. This is what makes Passover so special. Yes, boiling water hit me, but that is part of it — it is part of our religion.”Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) national vice-president Prabhat Jha on Monday equated the public meetings addressed by CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan under Jan Ashirvad Yatra with Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayanthe famous television serial of 1987. The public meetings are Shivraj serial akin to Ramayan television serial, he said.In the former, people are out on the street with their families to attend the public meeting while in the latter, people used to sit in front of the television screen, the BJP national vice president said. The Yatra is no more a party affair and has transformed in to a socio-political movement given the response it was getting from people, Jha said.About the distribution of tickets in the party, Jha said winnability of candidate will be the key factor. Talking about ex-finance minister Raghavji, Jha said he is no more a part of the party.Re-induction of Vijay Shah in the state cabinet with few months remaining for completion of the government tenure, he said there is always scope of correction.Giving a clean chit to Shah, he said Shah felt victim of the cut-copy-paste of his statements on news channel.To aquery regarding Congress leader and Union minister Kamal Nath’s assertion that his party would form the next government in the state, Jha retorted that he (Kamal Nath) is not a politician.He runs a political factory in Chhindwara hiring 4000 political servants who receive a salary ranging from Rs. 2000 to Rs. 20,000, the BJP national vice president further claimed.The Congress leader is not capable of helping the party of win Seoni and Betul parliamentary seats adjoining Chhindwara, Jha said.Whether Gujarat CM Narendra Modi will campaign in for the upcoming assembly elections in MP, he said Modi will be coming for the party campaign.Villagers allegedly looted onions from an overturned truck after a mishap, leaving an injured man bleed to death in Koderma's Lakhibagh village, police said on Friday. The onion-laden truck overturned after hitting an auto rickshaw on Thursday evening, trapping one passenger of the three-wheeler under it with severe injuries, sources said.His cries for help fell on deaf ears as the villagers allegedly began looting onions and fled when the police arrived, sources said, adding more than half of the truck containing onions was looted. The passenger was declared brought dead by a doctor when he was taken to a nearby hospital, the police said.Two women were tonsured and garlanded with shoes in a Jharkhand village after they resisted a molestation attempt, police said Thursday. The incident occurred Wednesday at Dongalpara village under Gopalpur panchayat of Jamtara district, around 350 km from Ranchi. The two women, who are related, were residing together. One is a widow and the other is separated from her husband.According to police, four youths forcibly entered their house and misbehavedwith them. When they resisted, they were tonsured and garlanded with shoes. Police have registered a complaint against four people but no arrests have been made as yet.Colm Toibin and Jim Crace are in with a chance of winning the 2013 Man Booker Prize, along with Caine Prize winner NoViolet Bulawayo, Amazon First Novel winner Eleanor Catton, Pulitzer winner Jhumpa Lahiri, and American Book Award winner Ruth Ozeki.Both Crace and Tóibín have been previously nominated for the Man Booker, Tóibín twice, while Crace recently emphasized his intention to retire from writing, which would make "Harvest" his last novel.NoViolet Bulawayo's debut, "We Need New Names," follows a 10-year-old immigrant girl from Zimbabwe to the USA; Catton's "The Luminaries" tells of mysterious crimes during the New Zealand gold rush; "The Lowland" takes place in both India and America, author Lahiri's twin homelands; "A Tale for the Time Being" by Canadian-American Ozeki is set in Japan, birthplace of the author's mother.Each of the six have been feted by critics, but Colm Tóibín and Jim Crace have established themselves as mainstream successes over the last twenty years."Quarantine" was Crace's first appearance on a Booker Prize shortlist in 1997, while Tóibín's "The Blackwater Lightship" and "The Master" were similarly well-recieved by prize judges in 1999 and 2004 respectively, though neither has yet won the award.Now Crace returns with "Harvest," a story of a village caught in a confrontation between urban progression and ruralism, the familiar and the strange, while Tóibín's "The Testament of Mary" portrays Jesus' mother as an uncooperative old woman, resistant to the gospel writers' overtures.In contrast, Eleanor Catton remains in the frame to become a Booker Prize winner with only her second novel.The winner will be declared on October 15, with a ?50,000 prize. Eligible authors are all citizens of the UK, Republic of Ireland, or otherwise Commonwealth countries.Man Booker Prize 2013 shortlist"We Need New Names" by NoViolet Bulawayo"The Luminaries" by Eleanor Catton"Harvest" by Jim Crace"The Lowland" by Jhumpa Lahiri"A Tale for the Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki"The Testament of Mary" by Colm ToibinDays after being short listed for the Man Booker prize for her new novel, "The Lowland", Pulitzer Prize winning Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri has been shortlisted for the 2013 US National Book Award in fiction.Lahiri's tale of two brothers set in Kolkata of the 1960s has been listed along with nine other works, including Tom Drury's "Pacific", Elizabeth Graver's "The End of the Point" and Rachel Kushner's "The Flamethrowers."The National Book Foundation said finalists in the Young People's Literature, Poetry, Nonfiction and Fiction categories would be announced on Oct 16 and the winners will be named at a ceremony in New York on Nov 20.Born in London, 46-year-old Lahiri, who lives in Brooklyn, New York is the daughter of immigrants from West Bengal.She is the author of three previous books. Her debut collection of stories, "Interpreter of Maladies", won the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Hemingway Award.Her novel "The Namesake" was a New York Times Notable Book and was selected as one of the best books of the year by USA Today and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications."The Namesake" was also adapted into a film of the same name by acclaimed filmmaker Mira Nair.Her second book of short stories, "Unaccustomed Earth", was named one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review.In a review of her latest novel, the New York Times noted: "Jhumpa Lahiri first made her name with quiet, meticulously observed stories about Indian immigrants trying to adjust to new lives in the United States, stories that had the hushed intimacy of chamber music.""The premise of her new novel, 'The Lowland,' in contrast, is startlingly operatic," the influential US daily said calling it "certainly Ms. Lahiri's most ambitious undertaking yet," that "eventually opens out into a moving family story."Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri's new novel "The Lowland", a story of fate and will, exile and return, of the price of idealism and of a love that can last long past death, will hit book stores in September.Set in both India and America, "The Lowland", is Lahiri's first full-length novel since the award-winning "The Namesake."The book, published by Random House India, will be launched on September 24."The Lowland" is about the lives of brothers Subhash and Udayan.Born just 15 months apart, they are inseparable and are often mistaken for each other in the Kolkata neighbourhood where they grow up.But they are opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and the charismatic and impulsive Udayan finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement.Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother's political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America.The last we heard on the death of Jiah Khan was that her mother Rabia Khan had petitioned the Bombay High Court to launch a CBI probe into the death of her daughter. She requested this citing that her daughter's death wasn't a suicide but in fact a murder.Now we hear that the Bombay High Court has issued a directive to the police to register Rabia's statement following which an investigation will be launched. The said statement will be recorded at the Juhu police station on October 26, where the initial case was filed.Bollywood actress Jiah Khan was found dead in her apartment in Juhu, Mumbai on late Monday night. The police suspect it is a case of suicide but no suicide note has been found so far. Deputy Commissioner of police, Chhering Dorje, said that the 25-year old actress was found hanging by her mother. According to media reports, Jiah was raised in England and she had recently returned to Mumbai and was searching for work. In 2007, Jiah made her acting debut against mega star Amitabh Bachchan in the film Nishabd. She also appeared in Aamir Khan starter Ghajini. Her latest movie was Housefull in 2010.A jilted lover of Jaswali village, near Kanwan, allegedly poisoned himself and his lady love on knowing that her marriage had been fixed with another person. The victim, Sohan, who was in his forties, was in love with a 22-year-old girl.He reportedly called the girl near the UBDC tributary on some pretext, where he poisoned her and then himself.The girl reportedly dodged the man and spitted out the tablets.While Sohan died, the girl was rushed to the civil hospital by some villagers. Police official Vipin Kumar said the girl had been hospitalized. Her condition is stated to be out of danger. The girl informed the police that Sohan was against her marriage to someone else and this drove him to take the extreme step.Meanwhile, the police have recorded the statements of both the families. A case has been registered. The police are carrying out further investigations.A thirteen-strong longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2013 has been announced, mixing established authors such as Jim Crace and Colm Toibín with some newer faces.Should Eleanor Catton, Eve Harris or Donal Ryan make it through to the September 10 shortlist and be declared winner come October 15, it would be the first time that a debutant has done so since 2008's Aravind Adiga with "The White Tiger."Both Crace and Tóibín have been previously nominated, Tóibín twice, and Crace recently underlined his intention to retire from writing, which would make "Harvest" his last novel. He had won the Whitbread Book Award -- now the Costa Book Award -- with "Quarantine" in 1997.Hilary Mantel's "Bring Up The Bodies" was the previous winner in 2012.It also won out at the Costa Book Awards and Specsavers National Book Awards.The Man Booker Prize offers a ?50,000 sum to its winner, and selects from authors who are citizens of the UK, Republic of Ireland, or Commonwealth countries.The Man Booker Prize 2013 longlist"Five Star Billionaire" by Tash Aw"We Need New Names" by NoViolet Bulawayo"The Luminaries" by Eleanor Catton"Harvest" by Jim Crace"The Marrying of Chani Kaufman" by Eve Harris"The Kills" by Richard House"The Lowland" by Jhumpa Lahiri"Unexploded" by Alison MacLeod"TransAtlantic" by Colum McCann"Almost English" by Charlotte Mendelson"A Tale for the Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki"The Spinning Heart" by Donal Ryan"The Testament of Mary" by Colm TóibínThe United States of America may be using unconventional methods to keep its dollar firm against the emerging economies, but on the domestic front all its plans to deal with a grim jobless scenario seem to have come a cropper. Experts say at the current rate of unemployment crisis, the US won’t be able to regain its pre-recession level in the near future.The jobless rate inched down marginally in August from 7.4% to 7.3%, as per the US bureau of labor statistics. The US economy added a paltry 169,000 jobs. "At this rate, it would take until well into 2021 to fill our gap of 8.3 million jobs and return to a healthy labour market," said economic policy institute economist Heidi Shierholz. The US jobs market has been struggling for years now, since the economy tanked at the end of 2007 and sparked a global economic downturn. While a number of metrics have improved, the jobs crisis remains unsolved, with 11.3 million unemployed and millions more "underemployed" -- a term defined as part-timers seeking full-time work."Furthermore, though the unemployment rate dropped in August, it was for all the wrong reasons," she said.The labour force participation rate dropped to 63.2%. Noting that unemployment figures do not include individuals not seeking work, she calculated that if the missing workers had been added to the equation, the jobless rate would stand at 9.5%.Brookings institution senior fellow Justin Wolfers said jobs growth remained weak despite what seemed good news on the surface.Growth in July was revised downward from 162,000 to 104,000 new jobs, with June also seeing a downward revision."Taken together, this month' s revision means we've created 74,000 fewer jobs than previously believed," he said. Echoing the sentiments of other economists, he said: "The decline in the unemployment rate isn't due to folks getting jobs. Instead, it's due to people dropping out of the labour force.""Bottom line, this report says that we're barely creating enough jobs to keep the unemployment rate falling from its current high levels," he said. "Policymakers have been looking for a signal that the recovery has become self-sustaining. This report doesn't provide it.At least 38 French tourists, were injured in Jodhpur on Monday morning and when their bus overturned after collision with another private bus on Jodhpur-Jaisalmer bypass. Three others including the bus driver, cleaner and a guide from Delhi were also injured in the accident. Four French tourists have been reported critical and are under treatment at the Intensive Care Unit of Mathura Das Mathur Hospital in Jodhpur.The bus carrying the tourists had left from a resort on the bypass to Pushkar, but soon after the bus touched the road, it collided with a speeding private bus near DPS Circle at around 7.00am on Monday. The bus overturned after the collision seriously injuring all passengers onboard, police said. Some local people who rushed to the spot after the incident rescued the tourists. The injured were rushed to the MDM Hospital trauma center."Total 41 bus passengers were injured including 38 French tourists and five of them are critical with severe injuries," Dr Kamal Kant, principal Dr SN Medical College said.Dr Kant said that a 5 member team of specialist doctors are treating the injured tourists. A special ward has been prepared for them in the eye ward of the hospital, where 31 injured have been admitted."We have discharged 10 tourists after giving them preliminary treatment, while others have been kept under the observation," Dr Kant further said.Meanwhile, senior officials including divisional commissioner Hemant Gera, police commissioner Biju Gorge Joseph and district collector Gaurav Goyal rushed to the hospital and took note of the treatment. They interacted with the injured with the help of interpreters and assured help."We have informed the French Embassy in Delhi about the mishap," Gera told the Hindustan Times.He said that French tourists after visiting Jaisalmer were going to Pushkar on Monday before the mishap occurred.Former South Africa all rounder Johan Botha has been ordered to undergo biomechanical testing again after once again being cited for a suspect bowling action, Cricket Australia said on Monday.The 31-year-old South Australia captain will still be eligible to play and bowl but would face suspension if the analysis proves his action is illegal. Cricket Australia said that three umpires in a match must agree on a suspect bowling delivery, but it did not say in which game Botha had been reported.South Australia have played one domestic one-day cup match this season, a six-wicket loss to Victoria on Friday in which the offspinner finished with no wicket for 39 off nine overs."Under CA's Doubtful Bowling Action Procedure, a bowler must undergo testing after a single mention for a suspected illegal bowling action in an interstate season," CA said in a statement."CA's policy requires cited bowlers to undergo testing within 14 days of being notified."Botha was reported for a suspect action following his Test debut for South Africa against Australia in Sydney in January 2006 and was subsequently banned from bowling by the International Cricket Council.He was cleared later that year but following a one-dayer gainst Australia in Port Elizabeth in 2009 Botha was reported once again and it was ruled that his action while bowling the 'doosra' (a ball that turns away from a right-hander, as opposed to a conventional off-spinner which turns towards him) was illegal and he was banned from bowling it.Botha has made five Test appearances as well as playing 78 one-day internationals and 40 Twenty20s for South Africa.The South Australia Cricket Association (SACA) said it would back Botha."We acknowledge that there is a process to be undertaken and the SACA will support Johan and work with him though this process," SACA's director of cricket Jamie Cox said."Johan will continue to lead our team in this week's one-day cup fixtures."Bollywood stars are known to step out on Mumbai’s streets with an entourage that almost always consists of bodyguards, whose job it is to keep star-struck fans at bay and prevent situations from getting out of control. But John Abraham seems to be an exception. The actor has no inhibitions about being seen in public without his security. In fact, he recently did so when he had a guest visiting him at his plush office (near Union Park) in Bandra. The actor decided to see his guest off. And when John stepped out on the street, a lot of fans, especially women, recognised the actor and approached him. Ask him about this incident and he says, "I step out for a walk very often. I had a guest visiting me and he wanted to take a cab. Since there wasn’t anyone around in the office, I told him I’ll walk him to one. So we walked from my office to Carter Road (Bandra)." The actor goes on to add that he doesn’t find anything strange about stepping out without his security guards. He says, “It’s alright. It’s my way of telling people that I’m approachable and I have no problem with it all.”John Abraham is one of the few Bollywood actors who are known for their kind personalities. Recently, the actor went out of his way to ensure that his co-actors did not have to face any inconvenience. Apparently, during the lunch hour at the shoot of Anees Bazmee’s Welcome Back in Chandivali Studio, Powai in Mumbai, the actor offered the character artists his vanity van so that they could eat their lunch there. “The actors’ vanity van was stuck in traffic and couldn’t reach the studio on time. But John was gracious enough to offer them his van,” says Bazmee.The director adds that this off-screen chemistry between John and his co-actors reflected on screen also. “It helped make things go smoothly on the sets,” adds Bazmee. Welcome Back is a sequel to the 2007 film, Welcome. Although it won’t star Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif and Mallika Sherawat, who were part of the original, it retains actors Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar and Paresh Rawal.Buzz has it that the hunkalicious John Abraham is all set to have a grand entry in Anees Bazmee's 'Welcome Back'. The director has spent Rs 3 crore on a song that will introduce the actor in the comedy. It has been shot at a popular suburban studio in Mumbai. "Anees bhai wanted to do something special with the song. He and Anu Malik have worked extremely hard on it and wanted it to be shot in an elaborate manner," said producer Firoz A. Nadiadwala in a statement. "Right from the beginning, we had planned to shoot John's introductory song on a grand scale. We had 700 junior artists and dancers and the song was shot for over seven days," he added.A sequel to the 2007 hit Welcome, Welcome Back is slated for a 2014 release.Though Shoojit Sircar’s latest offering, Madras Cafe, has garnered acclaim for the filmmaker, it’s struggling in terms of business. The film is based on the protests in Sri Lanka and the assassination of a former Indian Prime Minister. Though the film is perceived to be rich in intellectual content, the collection so far has been around Rs. 22.27 crore (according to Box Office India Magazine). However, trade analysts are hopeful that the film will break even by the end of the second week. The amount invested in the film is around Rs. 35 to Rs. 40 crore (says trade analyst Amod Mehra). “The film is likely to break even. It was expected to be made on a shoe-string budget. But since John Abraham was roped in, who has also produced the film, the budget shot up to Rs. 35 to 40 crore,” says trade analyst Amod Mehra. Despite a slow start, the film’s business is expected to gain pace due to strong word-of-mouth publicity. “The word-of-mouth publicity picked up and there was a great improvement on Saturday. The collections on Sunday were twice compared to Friday’s. Since the film was not showing at single screens, now more people are going to the multiplexes to watch it. Another reason for the slow pace can be the intellectual content of the film that appeals only to a limited audience,” says Amod.Trade Analyst Taran Adarsh also hopes that Madras Cafe will sustain itself at the box office. “The film is now doing well, and I think it will be able to recover the money by the second weekend,” says Taran.A spokesperson from a multiplex group says, “The film has been liked by all. The night shows are getting maximum viewers.”John Abraham’s entry in Anees Bazmee’s Welcome Back is an expensive affair. The song that will introduce the actor in the comedy has cost the team `3 crore, reportedly. It has been shot in a popular suburban studio in Mumbai. “Anees bhai wanted to do something special with the song. He and Anu Malik have worked extremely hard on it and wanted it to be shot in an elaborate manner,” producer Firoz A. Nadiadwala informs. “Right from the beginning, we’d planned to shoot John’s introductory song on a grand scale. We had 700 junior artists and dancers working on the song for over seven days,” he adds.A sequel to the 2007 hit Welcome, Welcome Back is slated for a 2014 release.US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged the US Congress to end a partial government shutdown and assured the international community that the budget impasse will be resolved shortly.Kerry Saturday said it was regrettable that a small group in Congress - Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives - was preventing US President Barack Obama from meeting with his Chinese and Russian counterparts at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Bali, Indonesia.The secretary of state was standing in at that gathering for Obama, who cancelled his trip due to the budget standoff."All of our friends and foes watching around the world should not mistake this momentary episode in American politics as anything more than that," Kerry said.The partial suspension of federal government operations, which began at midnight Monday, was spurred by the unwillingness of some House Republicans to vote to fund the government unless Obama and the Democrats agreed to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act.The Act, also known as Obamacare, is the administration's flagship domestic initiative and the president refused to consider any changes or delays.The two-day APEC forum, which will get under way Monday, is a gathering attended by representatives of 21 pacific rim countries - Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, the US and Vietnam.Johnny Carson, the legendary NBC talk show host, will be the subject of a television miniseries.NBC will be producing the series, based on Bill Zehme's long awaited biography 'Carson the Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait', reported Ace Showbiz.The series will follow Carson's life from his childhood in Nebraska until his death in 2005. It features a number of personal details gathered from Zehme's access to Carson's close personal and professional connections.Zehme's book is yet to be published owing to numerous delays, presumably the publication will now tie in with the release or pre-release of some material from the series.NBC have not announced any further details including who would be playing Carson.Carson was one of NBC's biggest stars, working for the company for over thirty years. His show, 'The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson', was hugely popular and aired on the network between 1962 and 1992.He retired in 1992 and has been cited as the inspiration for many other talk show hosts including David Letterman, Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon.Actress Angeline Jolie's introductory scenes in Robert Stromberg's debut film 'Maleficent' will be re-shot. The makers have roped in 'The Blind Side' filmmaker John Lee Hancock to oversee the shoot.Contactmusic.com reports that producer Joe Roth told The Hollywood Reporter that it was good to have Hancock on the set of the film. "We asked (Hancock) to be on set. He's not directing. He wrote pages and I hired a first-time director and it's good to have him on set," he said.The actress plays the sleeping beauty's evil nemesis in the upcoming project, which will tell the 'Sleeping Beauty' tale from the perspective of the villainous Maleficent.Bon Jovi singer Jon Bon Jovi walked a fan down the aisle at her wedding in Las Vegas on Saturday.The 51-year-old singer surprised bride Branka Delic at her wedding to Gonzalo Cladera at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, reported Contactmusic. "I have memories for life which I'll never forget. Such an amazing man to take time from his schedule to come walk this crazy Aussie down the aisle.... Jon..... I salute," the bride said.Two months ago Delic had started an online petition, BonJoviWalkMeDownTheAisle.com, to have him at her nuptials which took place at the same chapel where he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothea Hurley, in April 1989.Later, the musician took to his Twitter page to congratulate the happy couple, writing, "Branka & Gonzalo! May you have a lifetime of happiness, love & memories together - always (sic)" The, Always, singer also posted an image of him with Branka at the chapel on the social networking website. Jon was dressed casually in a white shirt and a pair of jeans.British author Jon McGregor on Wednesday won the 100,000-euro ($125,000) International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, one of the world's most lucrative honours for a work of fiction.McGregor scooped the award for his novel "Even the Dogs" about the lives of a group of homeless drug addicts. Nike Air Jordan Pas Cher
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  • 12、Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, also known as MCA Pune International Cricket Centre is a newly constructed cricket stadium in Pune, India. Iit is intended to serve as the headquarters for the Maharashtra Cricket Association and the home stadium for the Maharashtra cricket team and Indian Premier League team Pune Warriors. The state-of the art venue, will be one of the most advanced stadia in India. Hopkins Architects of London was commissioned to design the 55,000 seat stadium in Pune near Mumbai, and the Pune International Cricket Centre was the result. Anglo-Indian Sports Turf Consultants ISTeC are providing a state-of-the-art outfield, constructed to international standards and incorporating the latest in turf technology.At a time when there is acute shortage of affordable houses, the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) has lost an opportunity to procure 25,000 houses in Thane under a joint venture scheme with private builders. The reason: the state’s urban development department, headed by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, stayed the proposal and did not take a decision for three years.Fed up of the wait, the 21 builders submitted letters and backed out of the scheme.In October 2010, then CM Ashok Chavan had approved the scheme under which Mhada had to transfer its floor space index to the builder and pay construction costs for its share of built-up area; in return, it would get ready flats as compensation. Mhada, which has a limited land bank, had estimated that this scheme could generate at least 1.5 lakh affordable houses across Maharashtra.Pratap Sarnaik, chairman and director, Vihang group of companies which had tied with Mhada for two of its projects, blamed the state for scuttling the scheme. “It would have generated thousands of affordable houses and eased the housing shortage, but the CM just sat on the file,” he said.Sarnaik said his two projects - Vihang Hills and Vihang Valley - would have created 1,500 flats for Mhada. Mhada, then headed by Gautam Chatterjee, had kept aside Rs. 200 crore to fund this scheme. It had fixed on the configuration of flats; there would be two kinds – one BHK of 380 sq ft and two BHK of 550 sq ft.Defending the government Sachin Ahir, housing minister said it was wrong of Mhada to have entered into a JV as there are many issues involved. “I agree that there was good response, but it was not as per Development Control rules. Even builders were not ready to convey the land to us,” Ahir said. “We are making some amendments and bringing the scheme back.”There is disquiet among Indian Police Service (IPS) officers of Maharashtra cadre, who have been expecting transfer and promotion orders since six months. The wait for senior officers continued on Monday, the day when they finally expected the shuffle.The schedule of transfers and promotions this year was expected as early as March, though most transfers take place in May or June, said police sources. The worstaffected by this uncertainty of the state government is the Mumbai police commissionerate wewhere a number of senior officials are due for promotion. In Mumbai police, apart from the city’s police commissioner, three joint commissioners and three additional commissioners of police are likely to be promoted or transferred.Sources said the state government had decided it would transfer only those who are due for promotion or those who have completed their tenure of three years in a particular post.The word in IPS circles is that transfers may take place anytime now since two posts of director generals of police are vacant. Another possibility is that the transfers would take place after Navratri in mid-October. However, this is also viewed by scepticism by many as the state government has kept everyone guessing this year.The government’s dillydallying is affecting the pace of work. Though work continues at these offices, there are allegations that things are moving slowly as the officers do not want to do anything new fearing any allegations or controversy that could tarnish their image.The officers affected most this year are those from the 1987 IPS batch, most of whom are likely to be promoted as additional director generals of police depending upon the available posts, the entire 1995 batch would be promoted as inspector generals of police; the 1999 batch will be promoted as deputy inspector generals of police.Perhaps unnerved by city-based corporate houses such as the Reliance group, Hinduja, Mahindra & Mahindra and Adlabs promising investments to Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday, Maharashtra cabinet ministers raised the issue of high power tariffs in the state which are driving the industries out. The widespread concern gave the weekly meeting a stormy start before the cabinet could discuss the official agenda.The issue was brought up by industries minister Narayan Rane, who along with other ministers sought immediate relief, stating that the industrial power tariff in Maharashtra is Rs2 to Rs2.50 higher than in its neighbouring states. Being a pre-poll year, the concern found immediate resonance with chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, who decided to form a group of ministers to recommend ways to reduce electricity charges.The power regulator had recently revised tariffs of all the three private companies in Mumbai, while the staterun Mahavitaran, which supplies electricity to the rest of Maharashtra as well as the city??s eastern suburbs, was asked to recover hefty charges, and a hike is expected.One of the options suggested was to increase the tariff for agricultural consumers, who avail power at highly subsidised rates.Energy minister Ajit Pawar and energy secretary Ajoy Mehta demanded that their department be given Rs3,800 crore of the Rs8,000 crore due from farmers. The state power supplier has started disconnecting supply to farmers who have not paid their dues in the past 12 months.The low rate for the agricultural category is possible only because of the cross-subsidy provided by the industrial consumers.The convener of the coordination committee of state power consumers and i ndustrial organisations Pratap Hogade said the government should take a decision in next 10 days or it will face a massive agitation.??The government can direct the regulator under section 108 of the Electricity Act to stay the recent tariff hike for all [power] companies in the state,?? he said.Before the 2009 polls, a similar directive was issued to stay the tariff hike for suburban supplier Reliance Infrastructure.A few days after some Congress ministers complained that the state delayed the Prime Minister’s 15-point programme to boost the Muslim community’s educational and economical welfare, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has issued directives to implement financial assistance for registered madrasas (Islamic schools) in the state. The government issued a detailed directive on October 11, naming the scheme after noted educationist and former President Dr Zakir Husain. It has also invited applications from eligible institutions for grants to improve basic infrastructure.The madrasas need to be registered with the charity commissioner’s office and the state Wakf Board. The state cabinet had approved the scheme in early September, following which the Hindu vedic and varkari schools, too, demanded similar financial aid. The CM had showed his willingness to consider the demand from Hindu schools as well and has asked the administration to work on it.In the cabinet meeting on October 9, supported by his Congress colleagues, minority welfare minister Arief Naseem Khan raised the issue and demanded the expedition of welfare schemes for Muslims in the pre-election year. The government issued a directive within two days. The decision is significant because Muslims account for 10.6% of the state’s population.Political bosses in the urban development department have directed the dministration to take strict action against the three officials who were arrested three days ago by the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) in a graft case. Minister of state for urban development Uday Samant said on Monday that he had directed the secretary of the department to take legal action against those arrested.“Strict action would be taken against not just the employees arrested, but also other officers involved in graft cases will face the music. We are appealing to people to come forward with complaints, if any, against officers in the department.” The minister also said that the complaints about bribes demanded by officers arrested in the past would be taken seriously, if complaints are registered.The ACB on Saturday arrested deputy secretary Anand Jiwane, desk officer Udaysinh Chavan and clerk Subhash More, who had demanded a bribe of Rs. 1 lakh from a suspended deputy commissioner of the Pune municipal corporation Laxman Damase.Investigations revealed Jiwane was in possession of Rs. 78.42 lakh in cash, savings worth Rs21 lakh in banks, Rs. 8 lakh in mutual funds and flats in various parts of the state. Jiwane has been suspended.“Imprisonment of more than 48 hours results in deemed suspension by default. Once the investigation is done, the ACB will approach the government for sanction for his prosecution. This could take a while as sanction for open inquiries in many cases is awaited from the government,” an official from the general administration department said. He said that Jiwane was originally from his department, which will simultaneously conduct an inquiry against him.The state government will soon amend an existing law to clear the way for an exclusive radio taxi service for women, which will be operated solely by women drivers.The Phone Fleet Women taxi scheme is expected to serve lakhs of women in the city, many of whom work odd hours and often face concerns over the safety of their commute.The transport department will have to amend rule 66A of Maharashtra Motor Vehicles Rules 1989, under which it launched the existing Phone-Fleet Taxi Scheme (PFTS) in 2010. The old law did not have an exclusively women’s taxi service under it.Currently, two fleet taxi companies — Priyadarshani taxi service and Viira cabs —operate a dedicated radio cab service for women in the city. The state government had given these companies permission to run the services as an exception, but they do not have valid permits from the state transport authority and run on tourist permits instead.“The state government has decided to bring in new rules for radio taxis, including introducing an exclusive radio taxi service for women. We have issued a draft notification on the same and new rules will be finalised soon,” said Shailesh Kumar Sharma, transport secretary.Radio cab companies that are keen on getting a license for such a service will have to own 100 permits and pay a security deposit of Rs10 lakh with the transport authorities.“There are lakhs of working women in the city, so why shouldn’t we offer them an option of taxis driven solely by women. This will give them a sense of security,” said the official.The state government is going to revive more than 15,000 dormant taxi permits in city, of which a certain portion will be reserved for radio cabs. Currently, 5,500 radio cabs ply on city roads through companies such as Meru Cabs, Easy Cabs, Tab cabs and so on.The PFTS rules are being amended to restrict permits granted to a single company to ensure healthy competition among service providers.More than 3,000 members of the state’s transgender community attended the first conclave organised by the state government at the Yashwantrao Chavan Centre at Nariman Point on Thursday, where chief minister Prithviraj Chavan assured social and political rights to the community. Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, while inaugurating the conclave, said, “The state government is with the community in its struggle to find its own identity and lead a dignified life and all steps will be taken to recognise the community.’’The community had placed a memorandum of demands before the chief minister asking for inclusion and basic rights. The conclave was held in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme.“We do not have any social security and no social identity, as most of us do not even have identity proof. We are not even counted in the census,” said Urmi Jadhav, who heads an organisation Kinari Kasturi in Wadala.“We have demanded that all district collectors include the community members in the census, so that we get an identity and a right to vote,” she said.After hearing out the community’s complaints against the police, Chavan assured them that the police would be sensitised about the community. Some other demands included right for a transgender to contest elections and facilities such as schooling, health and identity cards.You might have groaned under the onslaught of loud speakers and traditional instruments during the Ganesh festival, but the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board’s ( MPCB) Ganeshotsav noise monitoring data shows a drop in the noise levels compared to last year. The readings are also in variance with those recorded by independent anti-noise campaigner Sumaira Abdulali, of the Awaaz Foundation.The MPCB recorded noise levels on the first, second, fifth, seventh and tenth day of the festival across 25 locations, including the traditionally noisy spots such as Dadar, Andheri and Bhandup. According to MPCB’s data, 97.5 decibels (dB) recorded at Sargam Mitra Mandal in Mulund (West) was the highest noise level on the last day of the festival, followed by 96.2 dB at Dadar (East) near Khodadad Circle.In contrast, Abdulali had recorded a significantly higher maximum noise level of 123.2 at Worli Naka on the last day.Although at most spots noise levels were found to be above permissible limits, the average noise levels documented by MPCB were lower compared to 2012 (see box). The average values were calculated on the basis of readings taken between 6pm and 12pm on all the days of monitoring.MPCB officials said spots that usually see noise pollution complaints from residents were chosen for noise monitoring. “Several mandals we monitored followed the noise deadlines this year. We will share the noise data with the state home department, the civic body and the state environment ministry,” said VM Motghare, joint director, MPCB.However, Abdulali believes that the variance in noise data was due to the different system of monitoring by MPCB. “The MPCB has recorded noise near mandals and not on the immersion routes, where use of traditional instruments and discjockeys are the most. However, mandals were quieter than last year and noise deadlines were also followed owing to large police presence,” said Abdulali.Congratulating the Indian cricket team for winning the World Cup, Maharashtra Assembly on Tuesday recommended to the Centre that batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar be conferred 'Bharat Ratna', the country's highest civilian award. The motion congratulating the team and recommending Bharat Ratna for Tendulkar was moved by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and supported by all parties. "We recommend that Tendulkar be conferred with the Bharat Ratna for his contribution to sports," Chavan said before the house adopted the resolution unanimously. Noting that after 28 years, the dreams of 121 crore Indians has come true.Chavan announced that the state government will honour players from Maharashtra Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan with a cash prize of Rs. one crore and a citation. Similarly, two members of the team's support staff Mayank Parekh (logistics manager) and Ramesh Mane (masseur)will be honoured with Rs. 50 lakh each. He also congratulated the police and traffic department for ensuring an incident free World Cup final in Mumbai last Saturday. Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadsesaid Sachin was "God" of Cricket. "This achievement has not come easy for him and it has required 21 years of hard work and unblemished career. Sachin is a complete team man despite frequent criticism that he plays for his individual records," he said. Shiv Sena leader Subhash Desai demanded that Sachin be granted additional FSI for construction of gymnasium in his under construction bungalow at Bandra. "He is a sportsman and wants a gym constructed in his own home. He has not asked FSI for a disco or club. His request should be granted and if necessary rules should be amended," he added.A 17-year-old has committed suicide after a row with her parents who told her she had to stop using Facebook, police said Friday.College student Aishwarya Dahiwal was found hanging in her bedroom in Parbhani, Maharashtraon Wednesday after an argument with her parents, an investigating officer told AFP, declining to be named."On Wednesday night, she had an argument with her parents who told her not to just use Facebook and her mobile all day for chatting," the officer from Nanal Peth police station said."They told her to focus on her studies. After the argument, she locked herself in her room and was found hanging later, with a suicide note nearby," he said.A note referring to the argument and Facebook is being examined by police.Experts say that there are almost always multiple causes for a suicide, including psychiatric illnesses, that may not have been recognised or treated.Internet use remains low across India but is growing quickly, expected to reach about 200 million online out of the 1.2 billion-strong population by the end of 2013.About three-quarters of India's high school students prefer Facebook over phone calls to communicate, according to a survey released in June by Tata Consultancy Services.Forest minister Patangrao Kadam wrote to the Union environment ministry on Tuesday, requesting them to reduce the protected area of the Nanaj Sanctuary known for the critically-endangered Great Indian Bustard from 8,000 square kilometres to 1,220 square kilometres. The Nanaj Sanctuary, which is spread over two districts of Solapur and Ahmednagar, witnessed the number of the endangered bird dwindle from 34 in the 1990s to 10 at present.“We have sent the request to the forest ministry at the Centre and they will be de-notifying the remaining area, which is not eco- sensitive anymore. People from both districts had approached us so that they can develop their land, which is no The Great Indian Bustard, also known as ‘Maldokh’ in Marathi, is a large bird that was once abundant on dry plains, over large expanses of grassland and scrub Weighing up to 15kg, the Bustard is among the heaviest of the flying birds in India The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recognised the Great Indian Bustard as being critically endangered, with a 2011 estimate putting Hindustan Times. In 1975, the Union government had set up three areas in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh as sanctuaries the total number of mature individuals at 250. There are just about 10 Bustards in Maharashtra at present In 1975, the Union government had set up three areas in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh as sanctuaries for protection of the Bustard In Maharashtra, the Nanaj Sanctuary is currently spread over 8,000 sq km over two districts of Solapur and Ahmednagar.However, of the 8,000 square kilometres kept aside f or Maharashtra, only 400-square kilometre land, in patches, belonging to the state foruntouched, while the remaining saw encroachment and development of cities.Following t his, a public interest litigation was filed in the Apex Court and the state government approached the court, seeking permission to reduce the area to 300 square kilometres.However, a panel of experts suggested retaining 14% of the sanctuary to help the Bustard survive.“The actual eco-sensitive area comes to around 400 square kilometres but the final decision of 1,200 was taken in consideration of the buffer zones around it,” said Abdul Rahmani, director of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), who was on the Supreme Court panel.“This decision is good considering that the Bustard will be able to live in an undisturbed zone and we may even see them.Promising to improve the quality of teaching of mathematics and science in schools, the state school education department launched a virtual training programme for 28,000 teachers on Thursday. Teachers of Classes 8 to 10 in aided schools across the state will benefit from the programme.The training will be conducted online, using special software developed by Amrita University and Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B). The software, Amrita Virtual Interactive Education World (A-VIEW) is also being used for training teachers of the University of Mumbai. Rajendra Darda, school education minister, who inaugurated the training programme, said that the need for training teachers in English, mathematics and science was felt because of the poor performance of students in Class 12 Higher Secondary Certificate examination (HSC) this year.Only 14% out of 92% students passing the HSC physics paper secured a first class, while only 18% students out of the 90% who passed scored a first class in chemistry.In biology and mathematics, 21% of passing students secured above 60%.??The old ways of training teachers were not showing results, as often the resource people training them were not up to the mark,?? said Darda.The new method of training eliminates the resource person in between and ensures that experts directly train the teachers through video conferencing. Six master trainers have been selected from among the teachers, who will deliver training lectures online using the A-VIEW software to other teachers assembled across eight centres in the state.Set ups for video conferencing have been created in Kandivli, Poisar, Navi Mumbai in the city. Kolhapur and Ratnagiri are the other centres in the state. The education department has requested other universities across the state to upgrade their infrastructure, to create more such centres.The state has set aside Rs100 to 200 crore for the training programmes. This step is among the many taken by the state after it revised its training policy recently. Already, with the help of the British Council, English language skills of nearly 87,000 teachers in primary and secondary schools are being improved.After the Union defence ministry turned down permission for a heliport opposite NCPA in Nariman Point last year, the state decided to shift its plan to the Mahalaxmi race course. It has recently appointed AAI to conduct an ‘obstacle limitation surface survey’ to check the feasibility of the project, which is expected to be used for VIP flying.“We want at least three helicopters to take off or land at a time as the fleet of the President of India or the Prime Minister comprises multiple helicopters. Secondly, the heliport will have Following the poor response to its plan to sell off the de-commissioned VIP chopper Dauphin N-3, the state has decided to check on the possibility of recommissioning it The government had invited tenders early this year after it decided to sell the helicopter two years ago. Two bidders quoted 4 crore and 6 crore, against a night-landing facility, which is currently missing in the city, leading to great inconvenience for VIPs,” said an official from Mantralaya.He said that the survey will ascertain if the heliport was feasible at the race course, which currently has a helipad.“We are expecting the report of the survey to be submitted in the next few weeks, after which the further course of action will be decided,” said PS Meena, additional chief secretary, general administrative department “The heliport will be equipped with visual (day-time landing) as well as instrumental landing The cost of the project is yet to be worked out.”The government is also plan ning to allow people to utilise the heliport for landing and taking off.Post the 26/11 terror attack the state planned multiple heliports, including at Nariman Point, near Lilavati Hospital and Nerul.With an eye on the forthcoming elections, the state government has decided to revive 50% of its dormant autorickshaw permits, while keeping the decision on taxi permits and the remaining auto permits pending. 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